National Curriculum for Art 2014

 Rumour has it that Mr Gove had not wanted art or music included and that the inclusion of art was a last minute thing. It certainly feels like it. I have made a brief note of the important points (click here), or if you want the really short version it works well enough as a tweet (below): which just goes to prove that they really meant it when they said they were going to set teachers free to decide for themselves what to teach. The actual version is below with a pop-up commentary.





The New National Curriculum for Art and Design 2014

Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


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:

Key stage 2

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

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

The NSEAD has produced a very detailed and comprehensive interpretation of the terms and implications of the new national curriculum. It is part glossary, part explanation and part illumination. Click here.

4 Responses to National Curriculum for Art 2014

  1. Rebecca Wright says:

    Would you advise school to continue to use the same progression of skills documents, which we have been for objectives and assessment of learning?

    • Dan says:

      In truth the new curriculum requires you to change little. If it has worked for you then I would sustain existing good practice. If you feel the need to change, this is as good a time as any.

  2. Do teachers report in 2014?

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