Statutory guidance

National curriculum in England: English programmes of study

The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for English at key stages 1 to 4.

Detail

These are the statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for English at key stages 1 to 4. They are issued by law; you must follow them unless there’s a good reason not to.

All local authority-maintained schools in England must start teaching the English programmes of study as follows:

  • programmes of study for key stages 1, 2, and 3 from September 2014
  • in the 2014 to 2015 academic year, pupils in years 2 and 6 should follow the current English programme of study as they will sit the current key stage 1 and 2 tests
  • for year 10 pupils, schools must teach the key stage 4 programme of study from September 2015
  • for year 11 pupils, schools must teach the key stage 4 programme of study from September 2016

From September 2016 all local authority-maintained schools in England must teach the programmes of study for English on this page.

English appendix 1 and appendix 2, and the English glossary do not appear in the HTML document but are available as separate PDFs.

Schools are not required by law to teach the example content in [square brackets] or the content indicated as being ‘non-statutory’.

Further English resources are available on the TES website. This is free of charge to schools and teachers but they will have to register with the website to use it.

If you would like to add your own free resources to this site, to share with other teachers, please tweet DfE via @educationgovuk.

Short films of teachers and subject experts talking about the national curriculum and how to use it are also available.