Statutory guidance

National curriculum in England: framework for key stages 1 to 4

The full national curriculum framework including programmes of study and attainment targets for key stages 1 to 4.


This is the statutory national curriculum framework, including programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects at all key stages 1 to 4, except key stage 4 English, mathematics and science, which will follow after a public consultation on their draft programmes of study.

These are to be taught in all maintained primary and secondary schools in England from September 2014. Separate versions containing just the primary (key stages 1 to 2) and secondary (key stages 3 to 4) curriculums are also available.

The html version covers chapters 1 to 7 of the national curriculum framework document. These set out contextual information about the school curriculum and the statutory national curriculum, statements on inclusion and the development of pupils’ competence in numeracy and mathematics, language and literacy.

The individual programmes of study for English, mathematics, science, art and design, citizenship, computing, design and technology, geography, history, languages, music and physical education are available separately.

Teachers should note that in the 2014 to 2015 academic year, pupils in years 2 and 6 should be taught the current programmes of study in English, mathematics and science. These pupils will sit the current key stage 1 and 2 tests respectively. New tests will be available from 2016.

Further information about the current primary and secondary curriculums is available on the National Archives.

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