The English Guidlines

The National Curriculum


Gives children the essential knowledge they require to get ahead in life.


At a compulsory age, children are required by law to follow the cirriculum  guidelines.


Assessing goals and achievements for all children that are to be ambitious.

Education Reform Act

The National Curriculum was introduced into the U.K. following the Education Reform Act in 1988. It is a set of subjects used by primary and secondary school children to enable them to learn the same things. Private schools and acadamies in the U.K. do not have to follow the national curriculum.

There are 4 key stages. These are: KS1 (age 5-7), KS2 (age 7-11), KS3 (age 11-14) and KS4 (age 14-16). At the end of which a child's teacher will assess the child's performance. They will formally write a report on the child's progress then discuss this with the relevant parent/guardian.

There have been some key changes recently to the curriculum, mainly impacting on children of primary school age. Children in school years 2 and 6 are required to take the new national primary currliculum tests from 2016.

The compulsory subjects are: English, Maths, Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, P.E., Computing and Modern Foreign Languages. From key stage 3 onwards, schools must provide Religous Education and Sex Education, although it is not compulsory for a child to attend these lessons,and parents may request that their child be removed from these particular lessons. During key stage 4 pupils work towards obtaining GCSE qualifications. GCSE stands General Certificate of Secondary Education and replaced the earlier GCE-O Level examinations. The syllabus outline of the National Curriculum is determined by law.

There are two principal aims of The National Curriculum. The first is that the school currliculum should aim to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve. The second is that the school currliculum will aim to promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, therefore preparing puplis for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

How prepared are schools across the nation for changes in the national curriculum?

unprepared for removal of levels from the curriculum!

Schools are planning to;

keep existing system
run co-existing systems
bring in new system

Concerns for schools with regards to removal of levels;

measure progress/setting targets
the governing body Ofsted will make judgements