Last reviewed on 21 April 2023
Statutory/mandatory for: Independent schools

Use our key questions to review your school's curriculum policy and see what good looks like in our model policy. Plus, see examples from different school types, and know where to go for more information on requirements if you're an independent school.

Key points to look for

If you're in an independent school, your curriculum requirements look different. See the section at the end of this article for more information on what your school needs to do.

For maintained schools and academies, it's not a statutory requirement to have a curriculum policy, so they'll vary greatly (even for some schools within the same multi-academy trust). 

In the section below, we suggest how a curriculum policy may be organised and the type of content which might be included. It's not meant as a guide for writing a policy, as that's down to your SLT, but it can help you when it's time to review your school's policy. 

Aims and objectives

Provide a broad and balanced education for all pupils that’s coherently planned and sequenced Provide pupils with sufficient knowledge and skills to prepare them for future learning and employment Help pupils develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills,