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KS3, KS4, KS5 - National Curriculum

The national curriculum for England to be taught in all maintained primary and secondary schools from September 2014 was published in September 2013.

Key Stage 3

These are the statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for English at key stages 3 to 4. They should be taught in England from September 2014.

Key Stage 4

The DfE has published new subject content for KS4 English Literature and English Language for teaching from 2015:

Virtual English Office

Virtual English OfficeThe English Team at Herts for Learning are continually developing suites of bespoke English resources - including fully resourced schemes of work with detailed short term plans - to support your teaching of the new GCSE English Language and Literature examinations set by OCR, AQA and Eduqas.

All the schemes and resources published during the annual subscription period are available to download from the Herts for Learning website as they are released.

Resources may be purchased as an annual package:

  • Virtual English Office 2016-17 -  £150.00 (ex VAT)
  • Virtual English Office 2015-16 -  £150.00 (ex VAT)

A discounted rate is available for HfL shareholder schools.

To subscribe or for further information please email:

Schemes of work from the 2016-17 Virtual English Office will also be available to purchase individually at the cost of £25.00 (ex VAT) per scheme from the HfL online shop as they are published. Some schemes of work from the 2015-16 Virtual English Office are also available to purchase individually.HfL Online Shop

To buy the individual schemes of work please visit the Herts for Learning online shop

If you already subscribe to the Virtual English Office you can access the resources by visiting the Herts for Learning website to login with your username and password and go to 'My groups' at the top of the home page and select Virtual English Office:


Training and Support

Herts for Learning offers a programme of support to assist schools with the implementation of the national curriculum which takes the form of central training and bespoke in-school support.

Contact the English Teaching & Learning Advisers for the latest information on support for the national curriculum.