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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. 

Resources, training and support from The Careers & Enterprise Company

The Careers & Enterprise Company has launched its online learning modules, written in partnership with University of Huddersfield, to help key education stakeholders better understand the value of careers leadership in schools, special schools and colleges, the careers education landscape and understand the role and value of a careers leader.

There are separate online learning modules tailored for the following groups:

These short courses provide a great introduction to careers leadership for all audiences.

Find out more.

To accompany these modules and provide further support, there are now dedicated pages with resources for education leaders and resources for governors. These pages provide new resources such as its Guide for Education Leaders in Schools and CollegesCareers Education: A Guide for Secondary School Governors and Careers Education: A Guide For College Governors.

You can also register to receive the Educatio​n ​Leader Digest or Governor Newsletter, designed to support you to:

  • focus on the key policy information and statutory requirements
  • make informed decisions
  • see a return on investment
  • have a measurable impact on young people.

Primary careers resource platform

The Primary Careers Resources Platform was created in collaboration with the Centre for Education and Youth. The resources and tools on the platform have been provided by the 15 organisations in the Department for Education-backed Primary Fund
Key features of the platform include:

Explore the platform.​

For any further support, please contact the Education Development Team at education@careersandenterprise.co.uk.

First published 26 October 2021