New national curriculum – September 2014

The new programmes of study are compulsory for maintained schools in England from September 2014.

In Years 2 and 6, though, the current programmes of study in English, Maths and Science will continue until 2015. These year groups will sit the current KS1 and KS2 national curriculum tests in 2015. 

Foreign languages has been added at KS2 and ICT has been replaced with Computing. 

In the new curriculum the following subjects are compulsory at KS1–3: English, Maths, Science, Art and design, Computing, Design and technology, Languages, Geography, History, Music and Physical education. Citizenship is compulsory at KS3 and 4. All schools are required to teach religious education at all key stages and secondary schools must provide sex and relationship education. 

The KS4 programmes of study for English and Maths will start for Year 10 when the new GCSEs are introduced in September 2015.

At KS4 the entitlement areas are Arts (Art and Design, Music, Dance, Drama and Media Arts), Design and Technology, the Humanities (Geography and History) and Modern Foreign Languages. Students in maintained schools must be able to choose to study a subject in each of those four areas.

The KS4 programme of study for Science is still at draft stage; the DfE published its consultation response on 30th September 2014.

The national curriculum for England (DfE, July 2014)

National curriculum and assessment: information for schools (DfE, August 2014)

Last updated: 16th October 2014

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