Shapira M & Priestley M (2023) Choices, Attainment and Positive destinations: Exploring the impact of curriculum policy change on young people [Evidence For The Sottish Parliament Education And Young People Committee, 8 November 2023]. Edinburgh: Scottish Parliament. https://www.parliament.scot/api/sitecore/CustomMedia/OfficialReport?meetingId=15538
The evidence presented to this committee is streaming from the research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation. The project explored the curriculum making processes in secondary schools in Scotland and examined the degree to which curriculum narrowing in secondary schools under CfE is tied to socio-economic factors and is linked to various outcomes of young people.
Findings from this mixed-methods study resulted from analysing secondary data, which included administrative, longitudinal, and international survey data. Additionally, primary data was collected and analysed, through a national survey of Scottish secondary school leaders, along with targeted case studies of Local Authorities, schools, and interviews with teachers, students, and their parents.
The evidence presented here can inform debates about curriculum policy and practice, and deepen understanding of how curriculum policies and decision-making processes impact educational attainment, early life transitions and other outcomes that indicate young people's preparedness for life beyond school in the 21st century.