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Teaching a broad and balanced curriculum for education recovery

Optional guidance for school leaders and staff in reception, and key stages 1 to 3, who are responsible for the curriculum and its teaching.

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This page has been withdrawn because it’s out of date. Guidance on the school curriculum is available.

Applies to England



This non-statutory guidance offers suggestions to help all maintained schools, academies, and free schools decide how to prioritise elements within their curriculum for education recovery.

These suggestions are based on the good practice evident in many schools, as exemplified in the case studies.

While the guidance states that schools should follow these suggestions, this language is used for clarity and the guidance remains optional.

Published 2 July 2021
Last updated 15 November 2021 + show all updates
  1. Minor updates for clarity and links to new resources for the academic year 2021 to 2022.

  2. First published.