Curriculum requirements: maintained secondary 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.
All maintained schools must follow the National Curriculum.
Key Stage 3 (KS3) requirements
Pupils in KS3 are expected to learn these core and foundation subjects (click the links to see the programmes of study):
- Art and design
- Computing (there's also DfE guidance on teaching online safety within this and other subjects)
- Design and technology
- Modern foreign languages
- Physical education (PE)
Key Stage 4 (KS4) requirements
Pupils in KS4 are expected to learn the core subjects listed above, along with:
(Click the relevant links above to see the programmes of study.)
The rest of the curriculum is broken into 4 entitlement areas which are not compulsory after the age of 14. However, all pupils have a statutory entitlement to be able to study a subject in each area.
The areas are:
Your school needs to provide access to