School curriculum

The national curriculum, early years, key stages 1 to 5, GCSEs and AS and A levels, tests, exams and assessments.


  1. Find a regulated qualification

    Check if a qualification is regulated and what level it is on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

  2. Check if an awarding body is recognised

    How to check if the organisation giving you an award is registered and accredited by the exams regulator

  3. Phonics self-assessment form: Sound Discovery

    Information about the Sound Discovery programme and how it fulfils the department’s core criteria.

  1. ISSP primary curriculum project application form

    Application form for schools to propose new independent/state school partnerships (ISSPs) for specific subject teaching at primary level.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Key stage 1: phonics screening check administration guidance
  2. Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)
  3. The national curriculum

    The English national curriculum means children in different schools (at primary and secondary level) study the same subjects to similar standards - it's split into key stages with tests

  1. What qualification levels mean

    Find the difficulty level of a qualification and compare qualifications across different countries.

    • Guide
  2. Get a replacement exam certificate

    Request a replacement exam certificate or a certified statement of results if you've lost your original - check the list of old exam boards if your board no longer exists

    • Guide
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News and communications

  1. Pilot launched to boost early language skills and cut teacher workload

    • Department for Education
    • News story
  2. STA assessment update: 19 June 2018

    • Standards and Testing Agency
    • Correspondence
  3. STA assessment update: 12 June 2018

    • Standards and Testing Agency
    • Correspondence
  4. STA assessment update: 5 June 2018

    • Standards and Testing Agency
    • Correspondence
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Policy and engagement

  1. Regulating Advanced Extension Awards
  2. Rules and regulations on teacher involvement in exam development
  3. Consultation on amending statutory guidance for condition G4
  1. Consultation: teacher involvement in the development of confidential assessment materials

    • Ofqual
    • Consultation outcome
    • Date closed 25 April 2018
  2. Assessment arrangements for GCSE computer science

    • Ofqual
    • Consultation outcome
    • Date closed 22 December 2017
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  1. Papers for the Ofqual board’s November 2017 meeting

    • Ofqual
    • Transparency
  2. Entries for GCSE, AS and A level: summer 2018 exam series

    • Ofqual
    • Official statistics
  3. AVA: Withdrawal of recognition: May 2018

    • Ofqual
    • Decision
  4. Phonics screening check and key stage 1 assessments: England 2017

    • Department for Education and Standards and Testing Agency
    • National statistics
  5. Phonics screening check and key stage 1 assessments: England 2016

    • Department for Education
    • National statistics
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