Ministers outline new draft National Curriculum


The Department for Education has outlined the new draft National Curriculum at the Education Show in Birmingham. It's expected to be available to schools from September 2013, ready for teaching from September 2014.

The proposed National Curriculum will include changes to the Programme of Study in all subjects and the introduction of a new computing science course to replace the current ICT curriculum.

Subjects will now include single attainment targets which will state what pupils should know, understand and be able to apply by the end of each key stage, rather than being given a strict definition of ‘how’ to teach.

After the consultation phase finishes on 16 April the new National Curriculum will be announced in September 2013, with full roll out expected by September 2014.

Graham Pepper, from the DfE’s National Curriculum Review division, said: “We continue to work closely with teachers, subject associations, Ofsted, the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), the Publishers Association and many other sector stakeholders to ensure a smooth and effective roll out from September 2013.

"We expect some schools to pilot the new National Curriculum fairly early on from September, while in others it will be a transition over the year.”

Views for the consultation process can be given through the website at

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