KS3 National Curriculum for D&T (2014) 


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A quick guide to reviewing your KS3 curriculum

This document is intended as a quick review document for departments wanting to audit their KS3 provision. It is not intended to replace a full audit and mapping of provision. The resources below should be looked in more detail to get a full understanding of the KS3 curriculum

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This resource has also been developed into an interactive departmental curriculum planning tool which is given away for free on many courses and which is also available to download as a ‘Pay What You Want’ resource

Looking at the KS3 Curriculum in more detail

The documents below will help you to understand the KS3 Curriculum in more detail. In particular it is important to understand that the D&T curriculum from KS1 to KS5 should be viewed holistically and it is therefore important when using this document to also consider provision at KS1 and KS2 and how this feeds into KS3, as well as the place of KS3 in supporting and feeding into KS4 and KS5.


The KS1-3 Curriculum 2014 (England): The Original Documents

See the all of the KS1-3 National Curriculum 2014 documents on the DfE website

Direct link to the D&T KS1-3 D&T National Curriculum Programme of Study

General guidance from the DfE on the new curriculum

Andy Mitchell, Curriculum Director and Assistant Chief Executive of the Design and Technology Association discusses the KS3 2014 programme of study.

D&T Association Documents to Support the New Curriculum KS1-3

The documents below can be viewed by clicking on each of the links or they can be viewed together on this page on the D&T Association website. These documents will provide the additional detail required to create an effective KS3 curriculum. 

Annotated Programme of Study  (guidance on how the programme of study might be interpreted in your school - this is the D&T Association’s more detailed interpretation of what represents best practice in the content outlined in the DfE KS3 curriculum document)

Progression Framework KS1 KS2 (a suggested progression framework for KS1& 2 which might be useful when curriculum planning. This might also be useful for creating baseline tests for KS3)

Progression Framework KS1-3 (a suggested progression framework for KS1-3 which might be useful when curriculum planning)

Design and Technology Progression Framework Guidance (guidance on how the above progression frameworks might be used)

The 6 Principles for D&T - 6 characteristics of a genuine D&T experience. This is a useful document when curriculum planning and when evaluating provision as it helps ensure an authentic D&T experience.

National Curriculum 2014 - Primary myths and facts common questions asked about the new primary curriculum)

National Curriculum 2014 - Secondary myths and facts (common questions asked about the new secondary curriculum)

Assessment Without Levels

A key part of the National Curriculum 2014 is the removal of levels. The resources below explain the change and suggest sources of support. 

Tim Oates on why levels have been dropped

Assessment without levels Report 2015: advice for schools. The 2 videos below also summarise some of reports key features.

National Association of Headteachers document on assessment (this is long but it will give you an overview of what the NAHT is recommending to head teachers)

What Ofsted says they are looking for now that levels no longer exist

Hiltingbury Junior Schools Learning Ladders - although this system has been developed for primary assessment there are many elements of the system that secondary teachers might find useful as a starting point for reflection.

Blog by @headguruteacher on assessment

Formative Assessment - guidance from the D&T Association

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