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 Updated
    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.
  • 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 audit: gender and LGBTQ+ inclusivity
    Use our curriculum audit to help instil a cross-curricular sense of inclusivity, and question and adapt what you’re teaching so your curriculum represents the diversity seen in modern Britain in terms of gender and sexuality.
  • Curriculum maps: templates and examples Updated
    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 other 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.
  • 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: assembly resources
    February is LGBT+ History Month. Use these assembly resources to help you talk to your pupils about the experiences of people who are LGBTQ+, and to support your relationships and sex education (RSE) curriculum.
  • 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.
  • Quality first teaching: guidance
    Find out what quality first teaching (QFT) is and understand your requirements in the SEND Code of Practice to review the quality of teaching in your school.
  • Requests to withdraw a pupil from RE
    Parents can choose to withdraw their children 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 tool 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.