Structuring the curriculum

  • Alternative provision: curriculum requirements and examples
    Alternative provision (AP) settings, including pupil referral units (PRUs), aren't required to follow the National Curriculum, but they do have to provide a good alternative curriculum. Find out what this includes, and see examples of curriculum offers from PRUs and AP academies.
  • Anti-racism: how to review and re-frame your curriculum
    Learn how to make diversity central to your curriculum, not just a bolt on, and make sure BAME history and achievements are taught all year round. Download our review tool and use it to question and adapt what you’re teaching so your curriculum accurately represents Britain's diversity.
  • Black History Month: ideas and resources
    October is Black History Month (BHM). Use these ideas and resources to help you celebrate Black history, heritage and culture, and to make sure your curriculum and school is diverse and inclusive all year round.
  • Cultural capital: how to weave it into your curriculum
    Find out how to make sure your cultural capital offering reflects your school values and community. See examples of how primary, secondary and special schools are weaving cultural capital into their curriculum and get tips on organising activities.
  • Curriculum accessibility for pupils with SEND: checklist
    To help pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reach their full potential, they first must have equal access to your curriculum. Use our checklist to stay compliant with the Equality Act and SEND regulations.
  • Curriculum maps: templates and examples
    Understand what curriculum maps are for and how to make sure they are useful. Download and adapt our curriculum map templates to save you the hassle of creating your own, and see examples from other schools.
  • Curriculum requirements: academies
    If you're reviewing or updating your curriculum, find out what you need to cover to stay compliant with requirements and meet DfE expectations.
  • Curriculum requirements: maintained schools
    All maintained schools must follow the National Curriculum. If you're reviewing or updating your curriculum, find out what you need to cover to stay compliant with requirements and meet DfE expectations.
  • English genres in the National Curriculum
    Maintained schools must cover the genres of literature and writing set out in the National Curriculum. Learn what genres you have to teach for reading and writing in Key Stages (KS) 1 to 4, and see examples of curriculum maps from primary, secondary and special schools.
  • How to design a curriculum
    Be clear on how to design an effective curriculum with this guidance on 3 core principles to bear in mind, plus resources and examples to help you improve your curriculum design.
  • How to develop an outstanding music provision
    Understand what the government expects of you as part of its national plan for music education. Know what you should do to create a music development plan, and how to work with your music hub and improve your music curriculum.
  • How to embed sustainability into your curriculum: case study
    Corbridge Middle School is on a journey to embed sustainability throughout its curriculum and promotes a focus on the environment across its school. See how the leaders there did it and find resources to learn how you can make this happen too.
  • How to promote British values across your school
    Get tips on how best to incorporate British values into your school, both through the curriculum and holistically through your wider culture, vision and ethos. Download our list of questions to help you review your current approach.
  • Implementing a knowledge-rich curriculum
    Understand what a knowledge-rich curriculum is and prepare for common challenges you might face when implementing one. See approaches from 3 schools to help you get started.
  • LGBT+ History Month: ideas and resources
    February is LGBT+ History Month. Use these ideas and resources to help you talk to your pupils about the experiences of people who are LGBTQ+, celebrate their contributions, and make sure your curriculum and school is inclusive all year round.
  • PE teaching hours: guidance and examples
    It's up to you how many hours of PE your school teaches each week. Find out how many hours the DfE's healthy schools rating scheme recommends, and take a look at how much PE other schools teach.
  • Requests to withdraw a pupil from RE
    Parents and carers can choose to withdraw their child from religious education (RE) lessons. Find out what you're required to do if this happens, and how this may affect school trips to places of worship.
  • Whole-school curriculum audit
    Use our audit to help you look at the big picture when it comes to your curriculum, so you can make sure you’re offering your pupils a broad and balanced education.
  • Withdrawing pupils from subjects
    Find out which subjects parents can withdraw their children from and how these rules apply to maintained schools, academies and independent schools. Plus, get advice on disapplying pupils from the National Curriculum.