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What will my child be taught at school?
All state-maintained schools must provide the national curriculum. This sets out what most children should be taught. However, a school can disapply (not teach) some or all of the national curriculum for a short time if it thinks this is best for your child. You have a right to ask the head teacher to remove your child from certain lessons for a strong educational reason.
You can appeal to the school’s governing body if:
- you don’t agree with the school’s decision to disapply; or
- the head teacher won’t remove your child when you ask for this.
- You have the right to stop your child taking part in:
- all or part of any sex education that is not part of the national curriculum; and
- religious education and worship. (You can also take your child out of classes or out of the school at the start or end of a school morning or afternoon session for religious education or worship.)
You can also complain about the curriculum to the governing body and to the LA.
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