What is the National Curriculum?

The National Curriculum is the agenda for teaching and learning in schools.  It establishes the subjects taught and the knowledge, skills and understanding required for each subject.  It also sets standards for each subject, outlining targets that children should be encouraged to achieve.  Additionally, the National Curriculum determines the assessment methods that are used to measure children’s progress. 

Schools have the opportunity to choose how to best teach the National Curriculum to their pupils, and to create their own lesson plans and learning methods according to their pupils’ individual requirements. 

The National Curriculum is determined and developed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA).  The QCDA is part of the Department for Children, Schools and Family.  As well as setting the National Curriculum, the QCDA arranges assessments, exams and tests, and makes decisions about the qualifications that pupils can take. 

Comments on this article

Claire Jeffery 2 March, 2010

Congratulations Julia Gillard! I have waited 30 years for this. In the last decade of my career, I finally feel as though politicians have taken a proper interest in education. Now my hope is that we can lose our fear of genuine and worthwhile content in courses.

CLAIARE qfdfgadfstg 27 September, 2010

Congratulations YOU DOUCHE! I have waited 30 years for this. In the last decade of my career, I finally feel as though politicians have taken a proper interest in education. Now my hope is that we can lose our fear of genuine and worthwhile content in courses.

Tyla 8 March, 2011

Finally, some useful information about the national curriculum to use for my assignment!

Lorenc Perlesha 17 March, 2011

Was the national curriculum a government strategy??

s 7 December, 2011

Blatent hegemonic control method.

Ellie 7 December, 2011

what planning cycle do the national curriculum use?

David Ganz 23 August, 2012

Why do all consultations about the National Curriculum require participants to sign the Official Secrets Act and promise not to discuss anything with anyone?

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User910 26 May, 2016

A very clear explanation of the National Curriculum. Well done!

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