Statutory guidance

National curriculum in England: mathematics programmes of study

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

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These are the statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for mathematics 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 programmes of study for mathematics 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 mathematics programmes of study as they will sit the current key stage 1 and 2 tests
  • for year 10 pupils, the key stage 4 programme of study must be taught from September 2015
  • for year 11 pupils, the key stage 4 programme of study must be taught from September 2016

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

Mathematics appendix 1 does not appear in the HTML document but is available as a separate PDF.

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

At key stage 4, additional content for teaching to higher-attaining pupils is displayed within {braces}

Further mathematics 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.