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National Curriculum

About the new primary curriculum

Overview of the new primary curriculum

The primary curriculum is changing. Children's learning needs to keep pace with our rapidly changing world. The curriculum is at the heart of government's policies to raise standards and help all schools improve continuously. The new primary curriculum has been designed to prepare children for the opportunities and challenges they face in the 21st century.

The new curriculum is an integrated framework for learning. It provides breadth and balance as well as securing the fundamentals of literacy, numeracy and ICT capability. There is a strong emphasis on children’s personal development, including the development of learning and thinking skills, and personal, social and emotional skills.

The curriculum provides a powerful tool to tackle continuous schools improvement. It offers schools the flexibility to tailor learning to their children’s needs, interests and aspirations. The new curriculum recognises the importance of play-based and active learning in engaging children and helping them achieve a wide range of outcomes and make the best possible progress.

Further guidance is available in 'Introducing the new primary curriculum'.

Review of the primary curriculum by Sir Jim Rose with the support of QCDA

The key features of the new primary curriculum

What's available to help you prepare for the new curriculum

Statutory requirements for inclusion and information on community cohesion

Guidance on transition from EYFS to primary and from primary to secondary

What has changed and why? What is in the new curriculum? What do I have to teach? Find out here

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