Research and analysis
Review of the national curriculum in England
Report looking at the curricula of high-performing jurisdictions, in order to inform the development of the new national curriculum.
Review of the national curriculum in England: what can we learn from the English, mathematics and science curricula of high-performing jurisdictions?
Ref: DFE-RR178 PDF, 1.36MB, 209 pages
Review of the national curriculum in England: report on subject breadth in international jurisdictions
Ref: DFE-RR178A PDF, 1.38MB, 130 pages
The government is committed to ensuring that the new national curriculum compares favourably with the curricula in the highest performing jurisdictions, and sets rigorous requirements for pupil attainment which measure up to the highest standards set internationally.
This report forms part of a suite of evidence documents gathered as part of the national curriculum review, including the expert panel report and summary report of responses to the call for evidence. Further analysis is underway to examine the education systems and cultural contexts of high-performing jurisdictions, in order to assess what other factors need to be taken into account when comparing the relative achievement of pupils from different jurisdictions.
This is the second published version of this report. Published in February 2012.