Disapplying aspects of the national curriculum

Guidance explaining when and how to disapply aspects of the national curriculum to meet pupils' particular needs.


Disapplication of the national curriculum


This is for:

  • local authorities
  • headteachers
  • curriculum managers
  • special educational needs co-ordinators

It applies to all local-authority-maintained schools.

This guidance explains when and how national curriculum programmes of study and assessment arrangements may be disapplied:

  • to develop the school curriculum for a particular group of students
  • for curriculum development and experimentation
  • for pupils who have a statement of special educations needs

This relates to the Education Act 2002 (sections 90, 92 and 93).

Published 1 July 2006