Statutory guidance

National curriculum in England: secondary curriculum

The national curriculum secondary programmes of study and attainment targets for key stages 3 and 4.

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This is the statutory secondary national curriculum, including programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects at key stages 3 and 4.

It is issued by law; you must follow it unless there’s a good reason not to.

All local-authority-maintained schools in England must be teach these programmes of study, with the exception of key stage 4 English, maths and science.

All local-authority-maintained schools in England must teach key stage 4 programmes of study for English and maths to pupils in year 10 from September 2015, and pupils in year 11 from September 2016.

All local-authority-maintained schools in England must teach the new key stage 4 programme of study for science to pupils in year 10 from September 2016, and to all key stage 4 pupils from September 2017.

The individual programmes of study for key stages 3 and 4 are also available for each subject:

Further information about the pre-2014 secondary curriculum is available on the National Archives.

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