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The DfE is conducting a review of the primary and secondary National Curriculum.
This site contains the statutory programmes of study for National Curriculum subjects which maintained schools must follow until a new curriculum is in place.

Exemplification for foundation subjects

The exemplification of standards files for foundation subjects support effective assessment by demonstrating national standards across key stage 3 at National Curriculum levels 1 to 8. They are a resource and reference point for teachers:

  • when assessing pupils' work in relation to national standards

  • for training and professional development purposes

  • when thinking about next steps for students.

Each exemplification of standards file includes: examples of students' work assessed against national standards; other supporting evidence; a detailed commentary; and an overall assessment judgement on the students' work. Exemplification of standards videos for all foundation subjects can be downloaded from the video listing page.

To search use the drop-down menus to choose the subject and level. Then click on 'find'. Alternatively, you can refine your results by using the advanced search. Note: materials are not currently available for levels 1, 2, 3 and 8 in German and Spanish.

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