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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).
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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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History Yes check.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg  
Music Yes check.svg Yes check.svg Yes check.svg  
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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.

 

 

78 UAE Schools offering UK National Curriculum

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

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