Differences in the Curriculum

Free Schools Academies Maintained Independent
Content Exempt from following National Curriculum. Must teach certain subjects including maths, English and science. Must be broad and balanced’ in curriculum. Exempt from following National Curriculum. Must teach certain subjects including maths,English and science. Must be
‘broad and balanced’ in curriculum.
Must follow National Curriculum Can focus on specific subjects as long as National Curriculum requirements are still met Exempt from following National Curriculum. Must give ‘pupils experience in linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, human and social, physical and aesthetic and creative education.
Assessments Required to assess students in accordance with their funding agreement including at key stage 2 and 4 Required to assess students at all key stages in accordance with their funding agreement Students must be assessed at all key stages. Not required to perform national assessments (e.g.GCSEs). However most do.
Teaching hours Free to change day and term lengths Free to change day and term lengths Voluntary Controlled and Community schools must go through a lengthy consultation process to change school day. Free to change day and term lengths
Specialised Programs Must establish a clear Special Education Needs (SEN) policy following the code of practice for SEN and vulnerable children Must establish a clear SEN policy following the code of practice for SEN and vulnerable children Must follow the code of practice. LA oversees provision. Must ensure that facilities and access are suitable for those with special educational needs and disabilities
Outcome Indicators Student outcomes monitored through inspection by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) must reach national floor
targets
Student outcomes monitored through inspection by Ofsted. Must reach national floor targets. Student outcomes monitored through inspection by Ofsted. Must meet national floor targets. No mandatory inspection requirements for achievement. No external targets set

Source: http://www.newschoolsnetwork.org

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  1. […] Over the next few days we will blog about the specific differences these schools in areas such as the Curriculum, Pupils, Finance, Personnel management, Governance and Accountability.  The first will be the Curriculum. […]

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