The new national curriculum came into effect in September 2014 and seeks to improve pupils’ learning in core subjects, but also to broaden their learning across the curriculum.

One of the Department of Education’s key priorities is to have better educated pupils. This can be achieved by setting higher expectations of what pupils are taught and what they can achieve through the national curriculum, key stage assessments and general qualifications.

The Department of Education’s reforms to school accountability signal the importance of high achievement and progress in core academic subjects for all pupils as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. The new curriculum will give schools and teachers greater freedom to teach in the way they know works and ensure that all pupils acquire a core of essential knowledge in English, mathematics and sciences. The department will also seek to address literacy standards in schools so pupils develop good reading skills early. Schools will use a range of new approaches to assess and report pupil achievement and progress.

National assessments and qualifications will be increasingly rigorous and respected. End of key stage assessments will be revised to reflect the expectations of the new national curriculum. GCSEs will be reformed to ensure that young people have access to qualifications that set expectations that match those in the highest performing nations. The reformed GCSEs will remain universal qualifications, with a balance of more challenging subject content and more rigorous assessment structures, enabling pupils achieving higher grades to progress to A levels.

The above is taken from the Department of Education’s Assessment, curriculum and qualifications document which can be found by clicking on this link.

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