The school curriculum

  • 'Cultural capital’: expanding narrow definitions
    'Cultural capital' doesn't have to be limited to culture that's mostly white, middle-class and male. Find out how your school can provide your pupils with cultural capital that celebrates all cultures and values diversity, to prepare them for life in modern Britain.
  • Cultural capital: what it is and how to monitor it
    Get a handle on what ‘cultural capital’ means and how Ofsted will consider it as part of your school’s quality of education. Find out what questions you can ask your school leaders so you feel confident pupils are prepared for life in modern Britain.
  • Curriculum
    Curriculum is central to Ofsted's 2019 inspection framework. We summarise what you need to know about it in a single page, which you can download as a ready-made resource to share with colleagues.
  • Curriculum reports: how to get the information you need
    Your school's curriculum is an important aspect of Ofsted's quality of education judgement, so regular briefings on your school's offering should be on your agenda. Find out what to ask your school leaders to include in these reports, and what questions to ask them.
  • Curriculum requirements: academies
    If your school's reviewing or updating its curriculum, find out what needs to be covered to stay compliant with requirements and meet DfE expectations.
  • Curriculum requirements: special schools
    Learn about the curriculum requirements for different types of special schools. Find out what your school needs to cover for your pupils with special educational needs (SEN), to stay compliant.
  • Governors' role in monitoring the curriculum
    Learn what Ofsted means by 'curriculum', how to know if your school's is good and how to challenge it to make it even better. See questions Ofsted might ask you and tips on how to think through your answers.
  • Relationships, sex and health education (RSHE): requirements
    Get a summary of the requirements to teach relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education, which differ for primary and secondary schools. Find out what you’re expected to cover, and details on parents' right to withdraw their children from sex education.