1. The National curriculum was introduced in 1988 for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. its purpose was all children of compulsory school age (5 to 16). in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to receive a full time education that is suited to their age, ability, attitude, and special educational needs, (SEN). Guidelines for the national curriculum are laid down in the education reform act of 1988. it requires state schools in England and Wales to provide pupils with a curriculum that is balanced and broadly based
promotes their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life includes, religious education and for secondary pupils, sex education All pupils in England, except those at independent private or public schools are required to adhere to the national curriculum. Wales and Northern Ireland follow the national curriculum with some expectation that Welsh is additional curriculum elements to meet the needs of their pupils. there are four key stages which determine the content of what will be taught and which set attainment targets for learning and also states how performance will be assured and reported.
Key stage 1
Key stage 2
Key stage 3
Key stage 4
Key stage 1 and 2 are usually taught in primary school.
Key stage 3 and 4 are usually taught in secondary school.
The national curriculum consist of three core subjects; English, Mathematics and Science and foundation subjects are design technology, information and communication technology (ICT), history, geography, art & design, music, physical education, modern foreign languages (key stage 3 only) and citizenship (key stage 3 and 4 only). As well as these subject pupils must be taught religious education and sex education in secondary school unless the present of child decides to opt out either at the end of each Key stage - at the ages of...
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