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Understanding education

To be able to confidently make decisions about your child's education and support them at school, it helps if you're familiar with the key stages or levels, the curriculum, assessments and therefore what's expected of your child.

These useful guides explain the UK education system, schools and education policy.

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About schools

A look at the different types of state schools including adacemies, free schools and grammar schools. Find out more
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Exams and assessments

Love them or loathe them, tests are part of school life. These are the different tests and exams they may take. Find out more
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Where can I find out what my child is learning at school?

If your child attends a state school in England they will be taught following the National Curriculum. Our guide to the curriculum and key stages give an overview of what is taught, when.

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