The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools, so children learn the same things consistently. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should achieve in each subject.
Other types of schools, like academies and private schools, do not have to follow the national curriculum. Academies must teach a broad and balanced curriculum including English, maths and science. They must also teach relationships and sex education, and religious education.
Click on the sub-links on the left for more information about each curriculum area.