National curriculum in England: English programmes of study
The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for English at key stages 1 to 4.
Ref: DFE-00181-2013 PDF, 1.02MB, 88 pages
Ref: DFE-00184-2013 PDF, 432KB, 25 pages
Ref: DFE-00497-2014 PDF, 171KB, 7 pages
PDF, 397KB, 19 pages
PDF, 286KB, 26 pages
PDF, 323KB, 6 pages
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 schools maintained by the local authority in England must teach these programmes of study from September 2016.
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.