The NATIONAL
CURRICULUM in England
Summary by Maria Landy
Plus Changing Context and
Current Issues
Maria landy
www.marialandy.co.uk. National
Curriculum and Latest Updated August
2015
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The National Curriculum in
England
• All subjects are now introduced
• Subjects published on DFE website
• Citizenship for Primary Schools published
later – did you miss it?
• The Curriculum’s breadth, depth and
relevance will be judged as part of the new
Common Inspection Framework or CIF
across all settings
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Curriculum judgement by
OfSTED in the CIF
• Is the curriculum broad and balanced?
• Are British Values promoted?
• There are specific requirements for Early
Years – separate handbooks
• There is a common set of principles for all
post 16 providers – separate handbook
• Schools and non-association independent
schools have a separate handbook each
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2015
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Assessments key messages
• Broad support to reduce unnecessary
prescription and bureaucracy teachers
given greater professional judgement
• Generally support for the National
Curriculum to provide continuity and
consistency
• Confusion re NC Levels – end of key
stage exams being developed to provide
benchmarks – P scales remain
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2015
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Issues emerging
• Curriculum sets out range of knowledge
considered essential for the core subjects
of English, Maths, Science and PE
• Many favoured Key Stage Programmes of
Study rather than year on year
• Religious Education remains a
requirement up to 19 in schools
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All to get a good start and be
well prepared for the next stage
• Other subjects art and design, design and
technology, geography, history, computing,
modern foreign languages and music are
within the National Curriculum
• Citizenship – PSHE and Mental Health
• Stressed schools needed time and support
to implement and embed the new National
Curriculum so OfSTED will start inspecting
it from September 2015
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2015
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Special Focus on English and
Maths at each key stage
• A new specific focus on the teaching of
literacy and maths and how well teaching
enables learners to grasp concepts and
deepen their understanding
• Teachers and Leaders to demonstrate
high expectations and an ambitious vision
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www.marialandy.co.uk. National
Curriculum and Latest Updated August
2015
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Websites
• Ensure you inform parents and carers on
your websites of what you teach
• The amount of information about
curriculum on schools’ websites varies
enormously
• Ensure yours is up to date and helps
parents support learning
• Teach what you say you do
• Do not narrow the curriculum offer
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www.marialandy.co.uk. National
Curriculum and Latest Updated August
2015
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Changing Context
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More Academies and Free Schools
Rapidly changing context
Several new schools at planning stage
Increased demand for places
Building up Teaching Schools network
More in school on the job training
New OfSTED led inspections from 1/9/15
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Curriculum and Latest Updated August
2015
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Context changing
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Changing context and competition
Academy Chains
Changing role of the Education Authorities
Different funding criteria
SEN&D Code of Practice – Education
Health and Care Plans
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2015
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New Boarding Criteria focussed
more on Outcomes
• Ofsted ref no: 150053 Published March 2015
• Focus on outcomes – overall effectiveness
• Impact of experiences on personal development,
behaviour and well-being
• Safeguards and promotes welfare
• Continual focus on improvements, progress and
outcomes
• What boarders, parents, carers and staff plus
placing authorities say
• National minimum standards are met
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Curriculum and Latest Updated August
2015
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Guide to the Children’s
Homes Regulations including
quality standards – April 2015
• Department for Education publication
• Includes The Quality Standards – there
are nine which must be met – see page 7
• This leads to a link for the Health and
wellbeing of looked-after children and
young people
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2015
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SMSC = OUTCOMES
• Social Development – enjoy positive constructive
relationships tolerate difference –race, religion and
sexuality and promotes British Values
• Personal Development – build self esteem,
independence and confidence
• Behaviour – happiness, enjoyment, developing new
skills, interests and talents
• Positive contribution to society - making views known
• Health and fitness – physical, emotional and
psychological wellbeing
• Prepared well for successful transition for next stage
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2015
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Value for Money
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Who pays?
Impact?
Outcomes?
Additional funds
Focus on Pupil Premium?
Best value?
EVIDENCE READY – Governors and
Trustees know how well funds are used.
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2015
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Continuously Changing Context
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So important to stay up to date – be aware
Self Evaluation – SEF still needed
High focus on active governance
SMSC and British Values Evidence vital
Views of pupils, boarders, staff, parents
and carers integral to process
• Focus on quality and value for money
• Meet needs, provide best quality and be
aware of latest Ofsted criteria
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2015
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