Unit 2.5 Task 1.1 Identify the Main Types of State and Independent Schools

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Unit TDA 2.5: Schools as Organisations Task 1 1.1 Identify the main types of state and independent schools All children aged 5-16 are entitled to a free place at a state school and most families take up this place. Schools across England are funded and managed in different ways and will vary depending on the age of the child. There are four types of mainstream state schools funded by local authorities which are known as maintained schools. They all follow the National Curriculum and are inspected by Ofsted (the government’s Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills). Community schools are run by the local education authority (LEA), which employs the school staff, owns the land and buildings and sets the…show more content…
These could be community, voluntary-aided or controlled, or foundation special schools. Some special schools are independent. Specialist schools State secondaries often specialise by placing an extra emphasis on one or two subjects. Schools can specialise in: the arts, maths and computing, business and enterprise, music, engineering, science, humanities, sports, languages, and technology. Secondary schools must apply for specialist status and receive additional government funding as a result. Different types of schools cater for children at different stages of their school life. Nursery schools are stand-alone schools for children aged three and four. They have their own head teacher and staff. Some are state-funded and others are privately run. Primary schools cater for children aged 4-11. While at primary school, children start with the Early Years (Foundation) curriculum, followed by Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum. Secondary schools cater for children aged 11-16 or 18. They take pupils through Key Stages 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum. 1.2 Identify the main key stages The National Curriculum State schools in England must teach a range of subjects according to targets set by the National Curriculum. This was established in 1989 to ensure the same standards of teaching and learning across the country. The National Curriculum covers learning for all children aged 5-16 in

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