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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.

 

 

121 UK Schools offering UK National Curriculum

School name Community Region
Akeley Wood School Buckinghamshire South East England
Aldro School Surrey South East England
Ardingly College West Sussex South East England
Barrow Hills School Surrey Greater London
Beachborough School Buckinghamshire 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
Beeston Hall School Norfolk East Midlands
Brentwood School Essex East of England
Brighton College East Sussex South East England
Bromsgrove School Worcestershire West Midlands
Bryanston Dorset South West England
Bryanston Knighton House Dorset South West England
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
Chetham’s School of Music Lancashire North West England
City of London School Westminster Greater London
City of London School for Girls Westminster Greater London
Cranbrook School Kent South East England
Cranleigh Preparatory School Surrey South East England
Cranleigh School Surrey South East England
Culford School Suffolk East of England
d’Overbroeck's Oxfordshire 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
Durham School Durham North East England
Earlscliffe Kent South East England
Eaton Square (Senior & Sixth Form) Westminster Greater London
Eaton Square School (Nursery and Prep) Westminster Greater London
Edgbaston College Warwickshire West Midlands
Epsom College Surrey Greater London
Eton College Berkshire South East England
Exeter Cathedral School Devon South West England
Fairstead House School Suffolk East of England
Fettes College Edinburgh Scotland
Fettes Prep Edinburgh Scotland
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
Highgate School Camden Greater London
Hill House Kensington Greater London
Hockerill Anglo-European College Hertfordshire East of England
Hurstpierpoint College West Sussex South East England
Hurtwood House Dorking South East England
Kent College, Canterbury (Senior School) Kent South East England
King Edward's Witley Surrey Greater London
King Edward’s School, Birmingham Warwickshire West Midlands
King's InterHigh Westminster Greater London
King's School Canterbury Kent South East England
King’s Ely Cambridgeshire South East England
Lancing College West Sussex South East England
Latymer Upper School Hammersmith & Fulham Greater London
Leighton Park School Berkshire South East England
Lord Wandsworth College Hampshire South East England
Loretto School East Lothian Scotland
Malvern College Worcestershire West Midlands
Malvern St James Girls’ School Worcestershire West Midlands
Mander Portman Woodward (Birmingham) Warwickshire West Midlands
Mander Portman Woodward (Cambridge) Cambridgeshire South East England
Mander Portman Woodward (London) Kensington Greater London
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 Bridge House (Senior Canonbury) Barnet Greater London
North Bridge House (Senior Hampstead) Barnet Greater London
North Bridge House Prep School Barnet Greater London
North London Collegiate School Harrow Greater London
Oakham School Rutland East of England
Prince's Gardens Prep School Kensington Greater London
Queen’s College, Taunton Somerset South West England
Radley College Oxfordshire South East England
Reed's School Surrey Greater London
Reigate Grammar School Surrey Greater London
Repton School Derbyshire East Midlands
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
Scarborough College Yorkshire North East 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 Albans High School for Girls Hertfordshire East of England
St Catherine's, Bramley Surrey South East England
St Mary's Calne Wiltshire South West England
St Mary's School, Cambridge Cambridgeshire South East 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 Abbey (Junior School) Berkshire South East England
The Hammond School Cheshire North East England
The Perse School Cambridgeshire South East England
The Purcell School Hertfordshire East of 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
Wells Cathedral School Somerset South West 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
Wymondham College Norfolk East Midlands
Yehudi Menuhin School Surrey South East England

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