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The Education Act (2002) requires that all maintained schools provide a balanced and broadly based curriculum that:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of learners at the school and within society

  • prepares learners at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

The purpose of having a statutory core to the curriculum is:

  • to establish an entitlement. The national curriculum secures for all pupils, irrespective of social background, culture, race, gender, differences in ability and disabilities, an entitlement to a number of areas of learning and to develop knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary for their self-fulfilment and development as active and responsible establish standards. The national curriculum makes expectations for learning and attainment explicit to pupils, parents, teachers, governors, employers and the public and establishes national standards for the performance of all pupils in the subjects it includes.

    to promote continuity and coherence. The national curriculum contributes to a coherent national framework that promotes curriculum continuity and is sufficiently flexible to ensure progression in pupils’ learning. It facilitates the transition of pupils between schools and phases of education and provides a foundation for lifelong learning.

  • to promote public understanding. The national curriculum increases public understanding of, and confidence in, the work of schools and in the learning and achievements resulting from compulsory education. It provides a common basis for discussion of education issues among lay and professional groups, including pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

In particular the curriculum should:

  • raise attainment, particularly in English, mathematics, science and ICTensure entitlement for all learners to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that offers continuity and coherence and secures high standardsinduct learners into the essential knowledge, skills and discourse of subject disciplines and to develop specialisms appropriate to aptitudeprepare young people for the world of employment and further and higher educationmake learners more aware of, and engaged with, their local, national and international communitiesencourage learners to take responsibility for their own health and safety, and appreciate the benefits and risks of the choices they make.
  • contribute to community cohesion.
  • acknowledge, promote and pass on the core knowledge and skills valued by society to the next generation.

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