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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).
UK National Curriculum
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
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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 is 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, UK based academies and free schools may also set their own curricula.

Scotland has its own national curriculum.

International schools - in the UK and outside of it - clearly choose to adopt the framework, each one more or less rigorously.

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.

For international schools outside the UK, the framework allows schools to benchmark themselves against their peers in the United Kingdom. 

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)
English x x x x
Mathematics x x x x
Science x x x x
Computing x x x x
Physical Education x x x x
Geography x x x  
History x x x  
Music x x x  
Art & Design x x x  
Design & Technology x x x  
Modern Foreign Languages   x x  
Citizenship     x x
Work-related Learning       x
Welsh (Wales only) x x x x

 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.



149 UAE Schools offering UK National Curriculum

School name Community City
ABC Private School Al Shamkha Abu Dhabi
ABZ - Abdulla bin Zubair Private School Al Maqam Al Ain
Ajman Academy Muwaihat Ajman
Ajyal International School MBZ Mohammed Bin Zayed City Abu Dhabi
Al Ain Academy Al Sarooj Al Ain
Al Ain English Speaking School Falaj Hazzaa Al Ain
Al Ain Juniors School Falaj Hazzaa Al Ain
Al Amana Private School Al Ramla Sharjah
Al Basma British School Old Al Bahya Abu Dhabi
Al Bateen Academy Al Manaseer Abu Dhabi
Al Dhafra Private School, Al Ain Manaseer Al Ain
Al Diyafah High School Al Qusais Dubai
Al Maarifa Private School Al Qusais Dubai
Al Mamoura Academy Abu Dhabi Al Nahyan Abu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy Al Markaziyah Abu Dhabi
Al Murooj English School Al Azra Sharjah
Al Murooj Scientific Private School Khalidiyah Abu Dhabi
Al Nahda National School for Boys Al Mushrif Abu Dhabi
Al Nahda National School for Girls Al Mushrif Abu Dhabi
Al Najah Private School Mohammed Bin Zayed City Abu Dhabi
Al Rabeeh School Abu Dhabi Hadbat Al Zaafran Abu Dhabi
Al Sadiq Islamic English School Al Qusais Dubai
Al Salam Community School Al Twar Dubai
Al Salam Primary School Al Nahda Dubai
Al Shohub School Khalifa City A Abu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy Al Raha Gardens Abu Dhabi
Alpha School Al Qusais Dubai
Ambassador International Academy Al Khail Dubai
Amity International School Abu Dhabi Al Bahya Abu Dhabi
Apple International School Al Qusais Dubai
Arab Unity School Al Mizhar Dubai
Arcadia School Jumeirah Village Triangle Dubai
Arcadia School Al Furjan Al Furjan Dubai
Aspen Heights British School Al Bahya Abu Dhabi
Beaconhouse Private School Al Ain Falaj Hazzaa Al Ain
Belvedere British School Mohammed Bin Zayed City Abu Dhabi
Blossom Burj Nursery Umm Al Sheif Umm Al Sheif Dubai
Brighton College Abu Dhabi Bloom Gardens & Khalifa City Abu Dhabi
Brighton College Al Ain Gafat Al Nayyar Al Ain
Brighton College Dubai Al Barsha South Dubai
British International School Abu Dhabi Shakhbout City Abu Dhabi
British School Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi Al Khubairat Abu Dhabi
Cambridge International School Dubai Garhoud Dubai
Capital School Al Nahda Dubai
Cedar School Dubai Al Warqa Dubai
Children's Oasis Umm Suqeim 2 Dubai
Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi
Creative British School Abu Dhabi Mussafah Abu Dhabi
Crescent International Private School Khalifa City A Abu Dhabi
Deira International School Festival City Dubai
Deira Private School Al Twar 3 Dubai
DEWA Academy Al Hudaiba Dubai
Diyafah International School MBZ Mohammed Bin Zayed City Abu Dhabi
Dove Green Private School Dubai Investments Park Dubai
Dubai British School Emirates Hills Dubai
Dubai British School Jumeirah Park Jumeirah Park Dubai
Dubai College Al Sufouh Dubai
Dubai English Speaking School Oud Metha Dubai
Dubai Gem Private School Oud Metha Dubai
Dubai Heights Academy Al Barsha Dubai
Dubai Investment Park Schools Dubai Investments Park Dubai
Dulwich College Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi
Emirates Private School Sharjah Al Manakh Sharjah
Foremarke School Al Barsha South Dubai
Fujairah Private Academy Fujairah Fujairah
Garden City British School Falaj Hazzaa Al Ain
GEMS Al Barsha National School Al Barsha Dubai
GEMS Cambridge International Private School Sharjah Muweilah Sharjah
GEMS Cambridge International School Abu Dhabi Baniyas East Abu Dhabi
GEMS FirstPoint School The Villa Dubai
GEMS Founders Mizhar School Al Mizhar Dubai
GEMS Founders School Al Barsha South Dubai
GEMS Founders School Al Waha Al Waha Dubai
GEMS Jumeirah Primary School Al Safa Dubai
GEMS Metropole Motor City Dubai
GEMS Royal Dubai School Mirdif Dubai
GEMS Vertus School Dubailand Dubai
GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail Al Khail Dubai
GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis Dubai Silicon Oasis Dubai
GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai Al Sufouh Dubai
GEMS Wellington Primary School, Dubai Al Wasl Dubai
GEMS Westminster School Ras Al Khaimah Seih Al Uraibi Ras al-Khaimah
GEMS Westminster School Sharjah Al Moweilah Sharjah
GEMS Winchester School Abu Dhabi Al Markaziyah Abu Dhabi
GEMS Winchester School Fujairah Fujairah Fujairah
GEMS Winchester School, Dubai Oud Metha Dubai
Ghaf Primary School Jebel Ali Village Dubai
Good Will Children Private School Mussafah Abu Dhabi
Hartland International School Sobha Hartland Dubai
Horizon English School Dubai Al Safa Dubai
Horizon International School Umm Sheif Dubai
Ibn Seena English School Al Shahba Sharjah
International Community School Al Najda (branch 1) Madinat Zayed Abu Dhabi
International School of Creative Science Nad al Sheba Nad al Sheba Dubai
International School of Creative Science, Muwaileh Muweileh Sharjah
Islamia English School Al Dhafrah Abu Dhabi
Jebel Ali School Damac Hills (Akoya) Dubai
Jumeirah College Al Safa Dubai
Jumeirah English Speaking School Al Safa Dubai
Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches Arabian Ranches Dubai
Kent College Dubai Nad al Sheba Dubai
Kings' School Al Barsha Al Barsha Dubai
Kings' School Dubai Umm Suqeim Dubai
Kings' School Nad Al Sheba Nad al Sheba Dubai
MSB (Al Ameen) School Al Nahda Dubai
Newlands School Al Warqa Dubai
Nord Anglia International School Dubai Al Barsha Dubai
Oaktree Primary School Al Quoz Dubai
Oxford School Al Muhaisnah Dubai
Providence English Private School Al Gharayen Sharjah
Queen International School Hor Al Anz Dubai
Raffles International School Umm Suqeim Dubai
RAK Academy Dafan Al Khor Ras al-Khaimah
Ranches Primary School Arabian Ranches Dubai
Reach British School Baniyas East Abu Dhabi
Regent International School The Greens Dubai
Repton (Fry Campus), Junior & Senior School, Abu Dhabi Al Reem Island Abu Dhabi
Repton Foundation School (Rose Campus) Abu Dhabi Al Reem Island Abu Dhabi
Repton School Dubai Nad al Sheba Dubai
Riverston School Dubai Nad al Sheba Dubai
Rosary School, Muweilah, Sharjah Muweilah Sharjah
Royal Grammar School Guildford in Dubai Tilal Al Ghaf Dubai
Safa British School Al Quoz Dubai
Safa Community School Motor City Dubai
Scholars International Academy, Sharjah Al Gharayen Sharjah
School of Knowledge Al Azra Sharjah
Sharjah English School University City Sharjah
Sheffield Private School Al Nahda Dubai
Smart Start Kindergarten Al Barsha South Dubai
Smart Vision School Al Barsha Dubai
South View School Remraam Dubai
St Mary's High School Ras Al Khaimah Khalifa bin Zayed City Ras al-Khaimah
St. Mary's Catholic High School Fujairah Sakamkam Fujairah
Star International School Al Twar Al Twar Dubai
Star International School Mirdiff Mirdif Dubai
Sunmarke School Jumeirah Village Triangle Dubai
Taaleem Jumeirah 1 Dubai
The Aquila School The Villa Dubai
The Arbor School Al Furjan Dubai
The Cambridge High School Abu Dhabi Mussafah Abu Dhabi
The City School International Nad Al Hamar Dubai
The English College Dubai Umm Suqeim Dubai
The Pearl Academy Al Dhafrah Abu Dhabi
The School of Research Science Al Warqa Dubai
The Westminster School Dubai Al Qusais Dubai
The Winchester School Jebel Ali Dubai
Victory Heights Primary School Dubai Sports City Dubai
Wales International (formerly Al Ansar International) School Al Shamkha Abu Dhabi
Wesgreen International Muweilah Sharjah

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