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UK National Curriculum

The National Curriculum of England, Wales and Northern Ireland provides a consistent framework for schools across the UK (excluding Scotland).

The National Curriculum was introduced into England, Wales and Northern Ireland as a nationwide curriculum for primary and secondary state schools following the Education Reform Act (1988).

It does not a mandatory framework for independent or private schools. Private schools are free to choose their own curriculum and examinations and many have opted for the IGCSE which is not tied to the National Curriculum.

As well as private schools, academies and free schools may also set their own curricula.

Scotland has its own national curriculum.

The purpose of the National Curriculum has been to standardise the content taught across schools to enable assessment, which in turn enabled the compilation of league tables detailing the assessment statistics for each school.

The idea has been to raise educational standards by being able to see where there are weaknesses.

These league tables, together with the provision to parents of some degree of choice in assignment of the school for their child (also legislated in the same act) was also intended to encourage a free market by allowing parents to choose schools based on their measured ability to teach the National Curriculum.

Assessments are carried out at three ages: seven (school year 2, at the end of Key Stage 1), eleven (Year 6, the end of Key Stage 2) and fourteen (Year 9, the end of Key Stage 3). Some aspects of subjects are teacher-assessed, whilst others involve sitting an examination paper.

The results are considered when school and LEA performance league tables are being compiled, but they do not lead to any formal qualification for the candidates taking them.


Subject Key Stage 1
(age 5–7)
Key Stage 2
(age 7–11)
Key Stage 3
(age 11–14)
Key Stage 4
(age 14-16)
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The study of most subjects under the National Curriculum would usually culminate in the sitting of GCSE exams at the end of Key Stage 4.



104 UAE Schools offering UK National Curriculum

School name Emirate Community
ABC Private School Al Shamkha
Ajman Academy Muwaihat
Ajyal School Al Khawaneej
Al Ain English Speaking School Falaj Hazzaa
Al Ain Juniors School Falaj Hazzaa
Al Ameen School Al Nahda
Al Basma British School Old Al Bahya
Al Bateen Academy Al Manaseer
Al Dhafra Private School Al Dhafrah
Al Diyafah High School Al Qusais
Al Mamoura Academy Abu Dhabi Al Nahyan
Al Muna Academy Al Markaziyah
Al Najah Private School Mohammed Bin Zayed City
Al Rabeeh School Abu Dhabi Al Mushrif
Al Sadiq Islamic English School Al Qusais
Al Salam Private School Al Nahda
Al Shohub School Khalifa City A
Al Warqa’a School Al Warqa
Al Worood Academy Private School Dubai Dubai Investments Park
Al Yasmina School Al Raha Gardens
Amity International Al Bahya
Apple International School Al Qusais
Arab Unity School Al Mizhar
Arcadia Preparatory School Jumeirah Village Triangle
Belvedere British School Mohammed Bin Zayed City
Brighton College Abu Dhabi Bloom Gardens & Khalifa City
Brighton College Al Ain Gafat Al Nayyar
Brighton College Dubai Al Barsha South
British International School Abu Dhabi Shakhbout City
Cambridge High School Abu Dhabi Mussafah
Cambridge International School Dubai Garhoud
Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island
Crescent International Private School Khalifa City A
Deira International School Festival City
Deira Private School Al Twar 3
DEWA Academy Al Hudaiba
Diyafah International School MBZ Mohammed Bin Zayed City
Dovecote Green Primary School Dubai Investments Park
Dovecote Nursery Jumeirah Umm Suqeim 2
Dover Court Queenstown
Dubai British School Emirates Hills
Dubai British School Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park
Dubai English Speaking School Oud Metha
Dubai Gem Private School Oud Metha
Dubai Heights Academy Al Barsha
Dubai Investment Park Schools Dubai Investments Park
English College Dubai Umm Suqeim
Foremarke School Al Barsha South
Fujairah Private Academy Fujairah
GEMS Al Barsha National School Al Barsha
GEMS Cambridge International School Abu Dhabi Baniyas East
GEMS Education Al Quoz
GEMS FirstPoint School The Villa
GEMS Founders School Al Barsha South
GEMS Metropole Motor City
GEMS Royal Dubai School Mirdif
GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis Dubai Silicon Oasis
GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai Al Sufouh
GEMS Wellington Primary School, Dubai Satwa
GEMS Westminster School Ras Al Khaimah Seih Al Uraibi
GEMS Westminster School Sharjah Al Moweilah
GEMS Winchester School Abu Dhabi Al Markaziyah
GEMS Winchester School Fujairah Fujairah
GEMS Winchester School, Dubai Oud Metha
Good Will Children Private School Mussafah
Hartland International School Sobha Hartland
Horizon International School Umm Sheif
Ibn Seena English School Al Shahba
Jumeirah College Jumeirah
Jumeirah English Speaking School Al Safa
Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches Arabian Ranches
Jumeirah Primary School Al Safa
Kent College Dubai Nad al Sheba
Kings' School Al Barsha Al Barsha
Kings' School Dubai Umm Suqeim
Kings' School Nad Al Sheba Nad al Sheba
Manor Primary School Al Safa
Newlands School Al Warqa
Nord Anglia International School Dubai Al Barsha
Oaktree Primary School Al Quoz
Oxford School Al Muhaisnah
Providence English Private School Al Gharayen
Queen International School Hor Al Anz
Raffles International School Umm Suqeim
Ranches Primary School Arabian Ranches
Reach British School Baniyas East
Regent International School The Greens
Repton School Abu Dhabi Al Reem Island
Repton School Dubai Nad al Sheba
Rosary School, Muweilah, Sharjah Muweilah
Scholars International Academy, Sharjah Al Gharayen
Sharjah English School University City
Smart Vision School Al Barsha
Star International School Al Twar Al Twar
Star International School Mirdiff Mirdif
Sunmarke School Jumeirah Village Triangle
Taaleem Jumeirah 1
The City School International Nad Al Hamar
The International School of Creative Science, Muwaileh Muweileh
The Pearl Academy Al Dhafrah
The School of Research Science Al Warqa
The Winchester School Jebel Ali
United World College of South East Asia Queenstown
Victory Heights Primary School Dubai Sports City