National Curriculum

Understand the basics of the National Curriculum in England and the choices your child will face at GCSE.

  • The National Curriculum and Key Stages in EnglandStudents in examState schools in England must teach a range of subjects according to targets set by the National Curriculum. This was established in 1989 to ensure the...
  • What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?Early years foundationThe Early Years Foundation Stage is a framework for children up to the age of five, setting out six key areas of learning around which activities should...
  • Subjects taught in schools in EnglandScience lessonAt primary school your child will learn about a wide range of subjects as well as Literacy and Maths, which are currently compulsory.
  • How Literacy and Maths are taughtTeaching MathsLearning to read, write and spell, together with general speaking and listening skills, are called Literacy at primary school. Learning about numbers is...
  • Supporting your child's sex educationTeenagersSex and Relationships Education (SRE) is taught as part of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) under the National Curriculum.
  • Your child's progress and formal assessmentsexam papersIt’s natural to wonder how your child is doing at school, and you’re entitled to information about their progress.
  • Ability grouping at secondary schoolBoy looking at girls work © 'Fotolia XII @ Fotolia.com'Ability grouping means children are taught in groups according to their ability - as opposed to mixed-ability grouping, where children of widely-ranging...
  • Choosing subjects for GCSEMusic lessonDuring Year 9 (ages 13-14) your child will choose which subjects to study at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 to 11, ages 14-16). These will be the subjects they...
  • DiplomasBricklayingDiplomas are a new qualification for 14-19 year olds in England, although many students take them up at 16. They’ve been introduced to provide more options...
  • AS and A levelsCollege studentAS and A levels are the traditional qualifications offered by schools and colleges for 16-19 year olds. They’re highly valued by universities and employers...
  • GCSE results dayGCSE results dayIn past years, most GCSE results have come out on the last Thursday in August. But this year the date has changed - and they will be available on Tuesday...
  • A/AS-level results dayStudents looking at results © 'Laurence Gough - Fotolia.com'A and AS-level results day is Thursday August 19 2010. Exam results are sent to schools and colleges, and your son or daughter will collect an envelope...

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