General Article Different types of schools in UK

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The United Kingdom has different types of schools to deliver education at distinct levels. Here is a glimpse of different types of schools in the UK

State-funded Schools

State-funded schools follow the National Curriculum*, with main subjects including English, maths and science. State schools are reviewed by the Office for Standards in Education, Child Services and Skills (Ofsted) every three years.

*The National Curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools.

Independent Schools

Independent schools are funded by student fees and interest earned on school funding/investments. They set their own curriculum

Home Schooling

Children aged 4-16 are schooled at home, taught by either their parents or tutors.

Special Schools

Special schools with students of the age 11 years and older can specialise in the following areas: communication and interaction, cognition and learning, behaviour, emotional and social development and sensory and physical needs


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