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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. 

Preparing for statutory relationships, sex and health education: updated programme of study for PSHE education (key stages 1-5)

The PSHE Association has launched an updated edition of the programme of study for PSHE education to support you to integrate statutory content, by key stage, into your broader PSHE curriculum.

Most of PSHE education becomes statutory for all schools in England from September. This includes relationships education at key stages 1 and 2, relationships and sex education (RSE) at key stages 3 and 4, and health education in both primary and secondary phases.

The Department for Education's statutory Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education guidance sets out what schools must cover. This latest edition of the programme of study will support you to provide a comprehensive programme that integrates but is not limited to, this statutory content.

The statutory guidance is comprehensively covered by learning opportunities for each key stage across the programme's three core themes: 'health and well-being', 'relationships', and 'living in the wider world'. 

Even though much of 'living in the wider world' is not included in the statutory requirements, this core theme is equally important. A high-quality PSHE programme will also cover economic well-being, careers and enterprise education, as well as education for personal safety, including assessing and managing risk.

You can download the free programme of study here.

First published 28 February 2020

First published 28 February 2020