The Draft National Curriculum translated

The draft national curriculum for art and design is not really very good. So here is an attempt to interpret it. In truth it need not stop you doing what you want and it does contain, hidden within it, a perfectly sound conceptual framework upon which to build. This is not unrelated to the model in the last post.

PS. I am also rather proud of having found out how to add popup text into a WordPress site (which doesnt allow flash.)

PPS The final version was actually rather better so am just leaving this for the record.

Draft Art and design from 2014

Purpose of study

Art and design embody the highest form of human creativity. Art and design teaching should instil in pupils an appreciation of beauty and an awareness of how creativity depends on technical mastery. They should learn to draw, paint and sculpt as well as design and create aesthetically pleasing objects in two and three dimensions. Pupils should learn about the achievements of great artists and designers.


The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Subject content

Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught creativity in art, craft and design by:

Key Stage 2

Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils should be taught:

Key Stage 3

Pupils should be taught to develop their ideas and increase proficiency in their execution.

They should develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.

Pupils should be taught:

About Dan

Senior Advisor, Art Inspector, Member of the Expert Advisory Group for Art, Consultant working with NSEAD, IOE, QCA, UCE, UOG. Currently lecturer at UCL working on a project in Kazakhstan to develop text books for a new art curriculum.
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