Curriculum requirements: maintained schools
If your school is reviewing or updating its curriculum, find out what it needs to cover to stay compliant with requirements and meet DfE expectations.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements
All EYFS provision must follow the guidance in the EYFS statutory framework.
You need to make sure all pupils study the 7 areas of learning:
3 prime areas:
- Communication and language development
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
4 specific areas:
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive arts and design
The EYFS framework also sets out 'early learning goals' your school needs to help pupils work towards – these are the knowledge, skills and understanding that children should have by the end of reception.
For more detail, you can read our summary of the EYFS framework and profile.
Key Stage (KS) 1 and 2 requirements
All maintained schools must follow the National Curriculum.
Pupils in KS1 and KS2 are expected to learn the core and foundation subjects below (click the links to see the programmes of study).
Art and design Computing (there's also DfE guidance on teaching