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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.

What's in each file?

Each exemplification of standards file contains evidence from students working at different levels. The files include written work, notes made by the teacher when working with or observing students, and video, audio or visual evidence. The students' work is based on the revised secondary national curriculum introduced in September 2008.

Each file contains:

  • a student profile

  • a short statement for each piece of evidence explaining what the student was asked to do

  • a commentary on each piece of evidence organised by different aspects of the subject (for example in citizenship: understanding citizenship, enquiring and communicating and taking citizenship action)

  • next steps for each piece of evidence to help the student progress

  • an overall assessment judgement that weighs up the evidence and gives a level-related judgement against national standards.

The amount of annotation in the commentaries is far more than a classroom teacher would need to record. This is because the standards files need to stand alone and the classroom teacher is not on hand to discuss the evidence or the student's work. Schools aren't expected to create their own exemplification material.

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