Curriculum intent: audit tool (primary)

Use our curriculum intent audit tool to spot weaknesses in your curriculum plan for any subject at primary level.

Last reviewed on 15 December 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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  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 your problems – 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, both at different stages of their education (for instance, spring term of year 4) and by the time they leave your school. 

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

Ofsted's working definition of intent is:

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

Your curriculum intent isn't a vision statement or a curriculum statement. That's because you simply can't summarise all of your curriculum planning in a paragraph or two!

However, your curriculum intent should flow from your school's vision and your educational philosophy. We have more guidance on this coming soon.

To use the tool,