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.
All maintained schools must follow the National Curriculum. If you're a special school, find out more about how curriculum requirements apply to your setting.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements
All EYFS provision must follow the guidance in the EYFS statutory framework.
You need to make sure all pupils study the 7 areas of learning:
3 prime areas:
- Communication and language development
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
4 specific areas:
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive arts and design
The EYFS framework also sets out 'early learning goals' you need to help pupils work towards – these are the knowledge, skills and understanding that children should have by the end of reception.
See the framework linked to above, and our range of EYFS curriculum articles, for more information.
Key Stage (KS) 1 and 2 requirements
Pupils in KS1 and KS2 are expected to learn the core and foundation
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