Broad General Education (BGE)
One of the key entitlements of CfE is that all children should receive a rounded education, known as the broad general education (BGE), from early years to the end of S3, before moving to a senior phase in S4 to S6 which will include studying for qualifications. This BGE should provide young people with a wide range of knowledge, skills and experiences that they can draw on as their lives, careers and job opportunities continue to change.
The BGE phase of CfE is closely connected to the senior phase with the learning undertaken until the end of S3 providing a strong foundation for choosing and specialising in a range of subjects. In the senior phase, young people will have the opportunity to take qualifications and courses that suit their ability and interests.
The curricular areas which will be followed within the BGE are: Literacy, numeracy and health and well-being – responsibility of all; and English, mathematics, modern languages, sciences, social studies, expressive arts and religious and moral education/religious education in Roman Catholic schools.
First to Third Year
Classes in First to Third Year will follow a Broad General Education (BGE) which currently includes the following range of subjects:
- French or Italian
- Home Economics
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
- Inter-Disciplinary Learning
- Modern Studies
- Personal & Social Education
Pupils are taught in a number of class groups depending on the subject being studied ie English/Maths, Social Subjects/Languages/RE and practical subjects eg Science, Technical, Home Economics, Art, Music, and Physical Education.
The new Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) seeks to build on the successes of the previous 5 – 14 Curriculum and encourage greater pupil engagement with the learning process and in so doing extend their skills and capacity for future learning.
The S1 – S3 Broad General Education will mean that all pupils will have the opportunity to develop skills and experience all aspects of the Curriculum on offer before committing to more specialised courses of study in the Senior Phase from S4 – S6.
In keeping with the school’s policy on Equal Opportunities for all pupils, all subjects are available to all pupils. In addition, it should be noted that the width of choice may be affected by changes in the school roll and consequent changes in the number of teaching staff. There can be no guarantee, therefore, that the range of Options offered to the present pupils will be the same as the range offered to the incoming First Year pupils. A great deal of care is taken to ensure that each pupil chooses the subjects appropriate to her or his ability, interest and careers aspirations and the Options Programme includes the opportunity for parents to come to the school to discuss their child’s proposed courses.