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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. 

Free CPD: explore how to provide safe and effective PSHE education

This free professional development opportunity provides three weeks of independent online study, introducing PSHE education lesson planning, safe practice and pedagogy.

The course will be available for five weeks from Monday 5 October and can be completed at your own pace, but is open for enrolment now. This training will provide the ideal foundation for teaching new statutory RSE, relationships education and health education content effectively, and will be of interest to trainee teachers, NQTs and more experienced teachers who have not benefitted from any subject-specific training in PSHE education.

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • explained how PSHE education has developed globally and over time
  • explored the impact of PSHE education, for all children and young people and for your pupils
  • understood core evidence-based principles of safe and effective PSHE education
  • designed your own PSHE lesson and received feedback
  • collaborated with other PSHE professionals around the world


Teachers can enrol on the course here - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/pshe-education-how-to-teach-children-to-navigate-a-complex-world

First published 24 September 2020