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Prior Reading

Created on 29 April 2014 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 13 May 2014 by ncetm_administrator

Prior Reading

The introduction of the 2014 National curriculum provides a great opportunity for schools to evaluate their current aims and provision of mathematics and develop schemes of work to ensure all pupils enjoy and achieve in the subject.

The NCETM microsite ‘Mathematics in the new National Curriculum: latest facts and guidance’ has been developed to help schools understand the big picture of the new 2014 National Curriculum and support them with the implementation.


In order to maximise the face-to-face time available at the PDM, it is essential that all staff know how to access the key statutory documents. It would also help if they were familiar with their structure before the meeting. Provide your team with the links below at least a week in advance of the PDM.

Note: The appendix sets out some examples of formal written methods for all four operations to illustrate the range of methods that could be taught. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list, nor is it intended to show progression in formal written methods.
(National curriculum in England: mathematics programmes of study)

Take it further:

As a Subject Leader

Explore the NCETM Microsite: 'Implementing the new curriculum'

As a Senior Leadership Team

Consider the following excerpt from the National curriculum in England framework document (September 2013):

‘2.2 The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.’
(National curriculum in England: framework for key stages 1 to 4)

Key Questions

  • What is the current design of your school curriculum for mathematics?
  • What is the same, and what is different from, the existing national curriculum?

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