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Last reviewed on 3 July 2019
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School types: All · School phases: Nursery, Primary

It's up to you to decide how much teaching time to allocate to each subject. See examples of how other primary schools have allocated teaching time across their timetables.

There's no set teaching hours for any phase

Maintained schools need enough time to cover the content set out in the national curriculum.

Academies need enough time to allow for a broad and balanced curriculum, including English, mathematics, science and religious education. That's explained here.

So long as you can meet those requirements, it's up to you to determine how much teaching time will be appropriate for your pupils. We were told this by the DfE.

When deciding this, consider:

  • Age and ability of your pupils
  • Curriculum content
  • Curriculum structure: how you plan to teach what is in your curriculum
  • Your school's learning philosophy and approach to teaching

This was suggested to us by ASCL.

Examples of timetables from a range of primary schools

Maintained schools

Art, design technology, geography, and history are taught

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