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.
Your trust is responsible for the curriculum in your school
It must make sure the curriculum is "balanced and broadly based" and that it:
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
- Prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
There are some other requirements and expectations too, which we explain below.
- Check your funding agreement to see what it says about curriculum in your trust
- Ask your trust for more information or if you're unsure of anything in the agreement
You can see an example of how curriculum is covered in the model funding agreement (single academy trust from section 2.41, multi-academy trust from section 2.21) from the Department for Education (DfE).
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) provision