Curriculum intent: audit tool

Use our curriculum intent audit tool to find the areas for development in your curriculum, for any subject or phase.

Last reviewed on 14 May 2024
School types: AllSchool phases: Primary, SecondaryRef: 38529
  1. What is curriculum intent?
  2. Collect your evidence
  3. Download the tool
  4. How to complete the audit in a trust 
  5. You know the areas for development – now what?

What is curriculum intent?

Your curriculum intent is your curriculum plan.

It's what you want pupils to know and be able to do, at different stages of their education (e.g. by the spring term of year 4, or the end of year 9). 

Each department, subject, topic or area of your curriculum will have its own intent for what you're going to teach, when and why. 

Ofsted's working definition of intent is set out here (scroll down to 'focusing on the curriculum'). It defines intent as:

A framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage


However, your curriculum intent should flow from your school's vision and your educational philosophy. Read about

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