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National Curriculum

From implementation to development

The new secondary curriculum was introduced in September 2008 as part of major reforms of 11–19 education and qualifications included in 'The Children's Plan' (2007). With the implementation phase well underway, it’s now time to ensure the changes are secure and that they make a difference for all learners. The white paper, 'Your child, your schools, our future: building a 21st century schools system' (2009), clearly outlines that we need to ensure that all young people are more deeply motivated and inspired to engage with learning and that they are making good progress and achieving the standards they need to give them the best chance of success in adult life.

The publication 'The 11-19 Curriculum From implementation to development' outlines evidence of the changes made and their impact so far. It sets out the next steps for the reforms as we secure their expected impact for schools, teachers and learners. It contains valuable support and links to guidance that is available from QCDA and other implementation partners.

Schools now need to:

  • ensure the curriculum offer meets the needs of all learners

  • embed assessment into curriculum planning

  • evaluate the changes they made as part of the implementation process and ensure that developments are secure and make an impact on learner success

The foundations have been laid, and now it’s time to make the curriculum a central and integral part of schools’ strategies for improvement.


The impact of the reforms is being evaluated to inform future support for curriculum implementation and development. Key elements of this are set out in the 11-19 From implementation to development publication so that schools can select and focus on their own priorities and access the support and guidance they need to take the next steps. Further support is provided in the evaluating your curriculum section of this website.

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