Earlier this year the department published proposals to reform the national curriculum so that it is slimmer, focused on essential subject knowledge and which, especially in the core subjects of English, mathematics and science, compares favourably with the curriculums taught in the most successful education jurisdictions in the world.
Since then we have conducted a public consultation on those proposals and have given careful consideration to the views of those individuals and organisations that responded. As a result, we have made a number of revisions to the national curriculum framework document and the draft programmes of study.
You can find the new framework document and programmes of study, along with the consultation document on the legislative Order for the new national curriculum and details of how to respond on the consultation page on GOV.UK. The consultation will close on 8 August.
A formal consultation on the national curriculum for key stage 4 English, mathematics and science will follow in the autumn in line with the timetable for the reform of GCSEs in these subjects.
The government has also previously confirmed that the majority of the current national curriculum will be disapplied from September 2013, in order to give schools more scope to prepare for the introduction of the new national curriculum from September 2014.
The teaching of all national curriculum subjects will remain compulsory, but schools will be able to choose to either follow the existing programmes of study or adjust them to support transition to the new national curriculum. The regulations which will bring this change into effect have now been laid before Parliament and will come into force on 1 September 2013. More information about disapplication can be found on GOV.UK.
This list sets out the individuals who have been consulted to inform the development of the draft programmes of study for the new national curriculum which were published on 7 February 2013.
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Including new framework document and programmes of study, consultation document and draft legislative Order for the new national curriculum and details of how to respond. 8 July 2013 - 8 August 2013.
Drafts of Key Stage 4 programmes of study for English, mathematics and science documents have been published for information.
Education Secretary Michael Gove gives an oral statement to the House on curriculum, exam and accountability reform.
Information about the consultation on reform of the National Curriculum in England, which is based on the outcomes of the review carried out in January 2011.
Elizabeth Truss, Minister for Education and Childcare, outlines the Department's thinking on the changes to the curriculum.
Including summary of responses and government response.