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NAHT is working to ensure that the curriculum supports the learning, progress and success of all pupils. NAHT supports the principle that a broad and balanced curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

NAHT is campaigning to: 

Support schools to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for their pupils

  • Challenge the government policy, including EBacc, which may narrow the curriculum
  • Enable and support schools to successfully deliver statutory Relationships, Sex and Health Education
  • Lobby for improvements to government policy which supports schools to deliver inclusive education and fulfil their responsibilities under the public sector equality duty
  • Support schools to deliver effective careers education for all pupils
  • Support schools to deliver high-quality Religious Education to all pupils
  • Provide guidance, materials and information to support schools in educating pupils about environmental issues.

Ensure a valid and proportionate approach to statutory assessment in primary schools

  • Lobby the government to reconsider the introduction of the multiplication tables check
  • Lobby the government to ensure changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage and Early Learning Goals are appropriate and relevant for the early years sector
  • Influence the development and implementation of the reception baseline assessment
  • Support members to implement the new statutory assessment for pupils with SEND
  • Identify and challenge the STA over any impact on members of the contract change to deliver statutory assessment in the primary phase
  • Engage with the STA to influence changes and improvements to statutory assessment including moderation and maladministration
  • Campaign for KS2 SPAG to be made non-statutory and oppose any additional statutory testing in the primary phase

Ensure the KS4 and KS5 qualification framework and examination system is fit for purpose

  • Press the government, Ofqual and exam boards to ensure that reformed qualifications, both academic and vocational, meet the needs of all pupils and schools
  • Explore the issue of grade reliability, identifying solutions and improvements which are supported by members and pressing the government and Ofqual for appropriate action
  • Inform members of the latest developments in secondary assessment through engagement with Ofqual, JCQ and awarding organisations. 

NAHT supports launch of National Endorsement of Primary School Careers Education Awards

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As a founding member of the Quality in Careers Consortium, NAHT is today supporting the launch of a new National Endorsement of Primary School Careers Education Awards to recognise the importance of careers education in primary schools.

Good careers education, advice and guidance should create ‘lightbulb moments’ for children and young people, making the connection between what they learn and experience during their education, and the opportunities that await beyond the school gates. While secondary school has traditionally been the phase for careers education, evidence shows that career aspirations vary very little between the ages of seven and 17, which suggests starting earlier is essential.

Seven awarding bodies offer a primary school careers education award and have confirmed they want to seek national endorsement, including CSW Group, C + K Careers, Complete Careers, Hull & East Yorkshire LEP, Ixion and Positive Steps.

All six are also awarding bodies for the national Quality in Careers Standard for secondary schools and colleges. The Quality in Careers Standard is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance in secondary schools, colleges and work-based learning, available in England, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. The Quality in Careers Standard is fully aligned with the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance and fully complies with the Department for Education’s statutory guidance.

You download a copy of the Careers Education Quality Awards National Endorsement Handbook for licensed awarding bodies here, and for more about the Quality in Careers Consortium and its work, see www.qualityincareers.org.uk/careers-education-in-primary-schools/national-endorsement.

First published 24 June 2021