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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.


Personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS) aim to develop self-managers, creative thinkers, reflective learners, problem-solvers, team workers, independent learners and effective communicators. PLTS provide a national framework which schools can build on in order to meet the needs of their young people and broader communities. These include skills that relate to learning in subjects as well as other more generic, transferable skills. PLTS are embedded in the new programmes of study and are an essential part of the Diploma qualifications.

Functional skills are those core elements of English, mathematics and ICT that provide individuals with the skills and abilities they need to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life, their communities and work.

An introduction to functional skills in English, mathematics and ICT.

An introduction to personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS).

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