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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
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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.

 

 

67 UK Schools offering UK National Curriculum

School name Community Region
Ardingly College West Sussex South East England
Bedales Hampshire South East England
Bede's Prep School East Sussex South East England
Bede's Senior School East Sussex South East England
Brighton College East Sussex South East England
Bromsgrove School Worcestershire West Midlands
Canford School Dorset South West England
Cardiff Sixth Form College Cardiff Wales
Casterton, Sedbergh Prep School Cumbria North West England
Charterhouse Surrey South East England
Cheltenham Ladies College Gloucestershire South West England
City of London School Westminster Greater London
City of London School for Girls Westminster Greater London
Cranleigh Preparatory School Surrey South East England
Cranleigh School Surrey South East England
DLD College London Westminster Greater London
Downe House Berkshire South East England
Dragon School, Oxford Oxfordshire South East England
Dulwich College (UK) Surrey Greater London
Epsom College Surrey Greater London
Eton College Berkshire South East England
Frensham Heights Surrey South East England
Godolphin and Latymer Hammersmith & Fulham Greater London
Gordonstoun Moray Scotland
Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls Hertfordshire East of England
Harrow School Harrow Greater London
Hurstpierpoint College West Sussex South East England
Hurtwood House Dorking South East England
InterHigh Westminster Greater London
Kent College, Canterbury (Senior School) Kent South East England
King's School Canterbury Kent South East England
Lancing College West Sussex South East England
Latymer Upper School Hammersmith & Fulham Greater London
Malvern College Worcestershire West Midlands
Marlborough College Wiltshire South West England
Millfield (Senior School) Somerset South West England
Millfield Pre-Prep & Prep School Somerset South West England
Mount Kelly Devon South West England
North London Collegiate School Harrow Greater London
Oakham School Rutland East of England
Roedean School East Sussex South East England
Rossall School Lancashire North West England
Royal Grammar School Guildford Surrey Greater London
Rugby School Warwickshire West Midlands
Ruthin School Denbighshire South West England
Sedbergh School Cumbria North West England
Sevenoaks School Kent South East England
Sherborne International School Dorset South West England
Sherborne School Dorset South West England
Shrewsbury School Shropshire South West England
St Paul's Richmond Greater London
Stonyhurst College Lancashire North West England
Stowe School Buckinghamshire South East England
Summerhill Suffolk East of England
Taunton International School Somerset South West England
The Hammond School Cheshire North East England
The Sylvia Young Theatre School Westminster Greater London
Tonbridge School Kent South East England
Tring Park School for the Performing Arts Hertfordshire East of England
Warwick School Warwickshire West Midlands
Wellington College Berkshire South East England
Westminster School Westminster Greater London
Winchester College Hampshire South East England
Windermere School (Prep and Junior School) Cumbria North West England
Wycliffe Prep School Gloucestershire South West England
Wycliffe Senior School Gloucestershire South West England
Wycombe Abbey Buckinghamshire South East England

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