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Find out what to take into account when writing your subject vision and get tips on how to embed it. See examples of vision statements and a case study from a secondary teaching school.

Why have a subject vision?

Individual subject visions are important because they feed into the broader whole-school curriculum intent. Your curriculum intent is something Ofsted will pay close attention to as part of the quality of education measure. Read more about how Ofsted inspects your curriculum in our article

A good subject vision should:

  • Support your school’s vision and feed into it
  • Demonstrate ambition and high expectations
  • Be clear so that it’s understood and remembered by staff
  • Be tailored to your school and context
  • Link to other curriculum subjects
  • Feed into CPD

How to write your subject vision

If you’re following the National Curriculum, use the ‘purpose of study’ for your subject as a starting point - for example, you'll find the purpose of study for English at the top of this page. If you don’t follow the National Curriculum, use any material you have that describes the purpose

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