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National Curriculum

Aims

 

Curriculum aims

The National Curriculum has three broad aims. It should enable all young people to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

These aims should inform all aspects of teaching and learning and be the starting point for curriculum design.

Successful learners

Successful learners:

  • have the essential learning skills of literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology

  • are creative, resourceful and able to identify and solve problems

  • have enquiring minds and think for themselves to process information, reason, question and evaluate

  • communicate well in a range of ways understand how they learn and learn from their mistakes

  • are able to learn independently and with others

  • know about big ideas and events that shape our world

  • enjoy learning and are motivated to achieve the best they can now and in the future.

Confident individuals

Confident individuals:

  • have a sense of self-worth and personal identity

  • relate well to others and form good relationships

  • are self-aware and deal well with their emotions

  • have secure values and beliefs, and have principles to distinguish right from wrong

  • become increasingly independent, are able to take the initiative and organise themselves

  • make healthy lifestyle choices

  • are physically competent and confident

  • take managed risks and stay safe

  • recognise their talents and have ambitions

  • are willing to try new things and make the most of opportunities

  • are open to the excitement and inspiration offered by the natural world and human achievements.

Responsible citizens

Responsible citizens:

  • are well prepared for life and work

  • are enterprising

  • are able to work cooperatively with others

  • respect others and act with integrity

  • understand their own and others' cultures and traditions, within the context of British heritage, and have a strong sense of their own place in the world

  • appreciate the benefits of diversity

  • challenge injustice, are committed to human rights and strive to live peaceably with others

  • sustain and improve the environment, locally and globally

  • take account of the needs of present and future generations in the choices they make

  • can change things for the better.

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