National Curriculum - Children, Schools and Families Committee Contents

Appendix 1—Statement of aims for the secondary curriculum

Extract from The National Curriculum: statutory requirements for Key Stages 3 and 4 (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, 2007).

The curriculum should enable all young people to become:

Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.

Successful learners who:

  • have the essential learning skills of literacy, numeracy and ICT;
  • are creative, resourceful and able to identify and solve problems;
  • have enquiring minds and think for themselves to process information, reason, question and evaluate;
  • communicate well in a range of ways;
  • understand how they learn and learn from their mistakes;
  • are able to learn independently and with others;
  • know about big ideas and events that shape our world, and
  • enjoy learning and are motivated to achieve the best they can now and in the future.

Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Confident individuals who:

  • have a sense of self-worth and personal identity;
  • relate well to others and form good relationships;
  • are self-aware and deal well with their emotions;
  • have secure values and beliefs, and have principles to distinguish right from wrong;
  • become increasingly independent, are able to take the initiative and organise themselves;
  • make healthy lifestyle choices;
  • are physically competent and confident;
  • take managed risks and stay safe;
  • recognise their talents and have ambitions;
  • are willing to try new things and make the most of opportunities, and
  • are open to the excitement and inspiration offered by the natural world and human achievements.

Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Responsible citizens who:

  • are well prepared for life and work;
  • are enterprising;
  • are able to work cooperatively with others;
  • respect others and act with integrity;
  • understand their own and others' cultures and traditions, within the context of British heritage, and have a strong sense of their own place in the world;
  • appreciate the benefits of diversity;
  • challenge injustice, are committed to human rights and strive to live peaceably with others;
  • sustain and improve the environment, locally and globally;
  • take account of the needs of present and future generations in the choices they make, and
  • can change things for the better.

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