School Stages in UK

The national curriculum

The ‘basic’ school curriculum includes the ‘national curriculum’, as well as religious education and sex education.

Other types of school like academies and private schools don’t have to follow the national curriculum. Academies must teach a broad and balanced curriculum including English, maths and science. They must also teach religious education.

Key stages

The national curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ (KS). At the end of each key stage, the teacher will formally assess your child’s performance.

Age Year Key stage Assessment
3 to 4
4 to 5 Reception Teacher assessments (there’s also an optional assessment at the start of the year)
5 to 6 Year 1 KS1 Phonics screening check
6 to 7 Year 2 National tests and teacher assessments in English, maths and science
7 to 8 Year 3 KS2
8 to 9 Year 4
9 to 10 Year 5
10 to 11 Year 6 National tests and teacher assessments in English and maths, and teacher assessments in science
11 to 12 Year 7 KS3
12 to 13 Year 8
13 to 14 Year 9
14 to 15 Year 10 KS4 Some children take GCSEs
15 to 16 Year 11 Most children take GCSEs or other national qualifications

See also:


Interesting facts:

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