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The DfE is conducting a review of the primary and secondary National Curriculum.
This site contains the statutory programmes of study for National Curriculum subjects which maintained schools must follow until a new curriculum is in place.


You may find the following guidance helpful in accessing this website. Please contact us if you have any specific accessibility requirements. We value your feedback and are continually working to maintain the accessibility of this site.

Alternative stylesheets

  • Default style - this is the standard layout.

  • High visibility style - this both linearises the page layout and uses a high contrast, inverse colour scheme to improve readability.

  • Low contrast style - this uses an off-white background colour to minimise glare, and uses a larger default font, to improve readability. This stylesheet may be useful for users with dyslexia.

Resizing text

The website uses font sizes that you can control using your web browser.

You can change the text size in Microsoft Internet Explorer by selecting View > Text size followed by your preferred text size from 'Smallest' to 'Largest' (keystrokes; Alt+V then X)
The default setting is 'Medium'.

You can change the text size in Mozilla Firefox by selecting View > Zoom followed by 'Zoom In' or 'Zoom Out'. This changes both text and image size and may, on some websites, result in the right hand edge of the page disappearing.  If, however, you choose ‘Zoom Text Only’ in the Zoom menu, selecting the zoom in and out options will only affect the text and it will avoid this happening.  (Keystrokes; Alt+V then Z to open the Zoom menu.  Then T to check the ‘Zoom Text Only’ option.  Then Ctrl+’+’ will increase text size, and Ctrl+’-‘ will decrease it.  Ctrl+0 will restore it to its default size)

The website's layout has been designed to stretch to fill the width of the browser, so that you can resize the browser to suit your own viewing preferences.  This is particularly useful for people using magnification software, or accessing the site on a hand-held device with a small screen.

Access keys

We have used standard Government access keys on our website in order to allow you to navigate as directly as possible to your desired location using your keyboard. The list of access keys we use is as follows:

  • S - Skip Navigation (useful for keyboard and screen reader users)

  • 1 - Home page

  • 2 - Latest updates

  • 3 - Site map

  • 4 – Search

  • 5 - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • 8 - Terms and conditions

  • 0 - Access key details

Windows-based systems

To activate a link with an assigned access key:

  • In Internet Explorer press Alt at the same time as the access key number or letter then the return key (e.g. Alt + 1+ Enter for the home page).

  • In Mozilla Firefox press Alt+Shift at the same time as the access key number or letter (e.g. Alt+Shift+1 for the home page).  This automatically activates the link and you do not need to press Enter.

Macintosh-based systems

To activate a link with an associated access key:

  • Press Ctrl at the same time as the access key number or letter then press the return key (e.g. Ctrl + 1 + Enter for the home page).

Last updated 27 November 2009.

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