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What Will My Child Be Taught?

The National Curriculum outlines what will be taught in state schools. It aims to establish what education all children are entitled to, regardless of their background, and the standards for learning and attainment. It aims to ensure continuity between schools and between stages of education. The National Curriculum is divided into ‘Key Stages'.

At Key Stage 3, pupils continue those subjects started in primary school and so they must study English, Maths, Science, Design and Technology (DT), Information and Communication Technology (ICT), History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education and Religious Education. They may also study Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Careers Education. A modern foreign language is also added.

Concerns about the curriculum

All schools must produce a written statement of their policy on Sex and Relationship Education (SRE), which should be taught as part of PSHE so that pupils ‘consider the moral aspects of sex education and are encouraged to develop loving and caring relationships'. You have the right to withdraw your child from part or all of SRE except elements that are included in Science teaching.

You can withdraw your child from Religious Education lessons and collective worship.

Some schools will adjust Physical Education classes to suit, for example, children who are fasting during the period of Ramadhan. You need to let the school know if there are other reasons why your child might find PE classes difficult.