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What is the National Curriculum?
· Defines what children learn in schools.
· Defines the progress they should make at
every level of study.
· It was introduced by The Education
Reform Act 1988.
· It is the responsibility of the Government to
run the country therefore the Department
of Education is responsible for the
National Curriculum.…read more

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Criticisms
· It can be argued that it is difficult to set what all
children must learn because of the vast amounts
of knowledge, skills and attitudes that could be
delivered the choice is infinite.
· There is sometimes a choice however this is
mostly gender specific depending on how the
subject is seen.
· Some sociologists argue that the curriculum is
based to favour the middle class of the dominant
culture. This is classed as ETHNOCENTRIC.
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Overt Curriculum
· Proposed changes ­ English Baccalaurette
· Mr Gove said: 'We have given people a nudge
with the English Baccalaureate towards a certain
set of academic subjects. Beyond that, we want
to have an informed debate and we want it to be
reflective of what's happening in other
jurisdictions.'
· To achieve the new 'English Bacc', pupils must
gain at least a C grade at GCSE in English,
maths, science, a language and a humanities
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Overt Curriculum
· Key stage 3 subjects
· The revised programmes of study for key stage 3 can be downloaded from the subject links below. Alternatively, a hard copy
of 'The National Curriculum statutory requirements for key stages 3 and 4 from September 2008' can be ordered from the
QCDA orderline.
· You will find details of the statutory requirements for key stage 3 and 4 subjects in the general teaching requirements
section of this website.
· * denotes a non-statutory subject with a non-statutory programme of study
** denotes a statutory subject with a non-statutory programme of study
· Art and design
· Citizenship
· Design and technology
· English
· Geography
· History
· ICT
· Mathematics
· Modern foreign languages
· Music
· Physical education
· Science
· Personal, social, health and economic education *
· Religious education **
· Key stage 4 subjects
· The revised programmes of study for key stage 4 can be downloaded from the subject links below. Alternatively, a hard copy
of 'The National Curriculum statutory requirements for key stages 3 and 4 from September 2008' can be ordered from the
QCDA orderline.
· You will find details of the statutory requirements for key stage 3 and 4 subjects in the general teaching requirements
section of this website.
· * denotes a non-statutory programme of study
** denotes a statutory subject with a non-statutory programme of study
· Citizenship
· English
· ICT
· Mathematics
· Physical education
· Science
· Personal, social, health and economic education *
· Religious education **…read more

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