Timetabling

How many hours should be taught of each subject in KS1?


There are no statutory requirements for time allocated to subjects in Key Stage 1. DfES recommendations suggest that Key Stage 1 pupils should have a minimum of 21 hours teaching each week.

Although there are no legal requirements, the QCA formerly produced guidance in the form of 'starting points' to help primary schools to allocate curriculum time appropriately. The following table is drawn from the QCA document, 'Designing and Timetabling the Primary Curriculum', available from the DfE resource archive.

KS1 Curriculum Time

SubjectRecommended time per week*Total hours over yearPercentage of a 
21-hour teaching week
English5 - 7½ hours180 - 27024% - 36%
Mathematics3¾ hours13518%
Science1½ hours547%
ICT50 minutes304%
D&T50 minutes304%
History50 minutes304%
Geography50 minutes304%
Art & Design50 minutes304%
Music50 minutes304%
PE1¼ hours456%
RE1 hour365%

TOTAL

17½ - 20 hours630 - 720 hours84% - 96%

*There is no legal requirement for all foundation subjects to be taught every week, or even every term


How many hours should be taught of each subject in KS2?

There are no statutory requirements for time allocated to subjects in Key Stage 2. DfES recommendations suggest that Key Stage 2 pupils should have a minimum of 23½ hours teaching each week.

Although there are no legal requirements, the QCA formerly produced guidance in the form of 'starting points' to help primary schools to allocate curriculum time appropriately. The following table is drawn from the QCA document, 'Designing and Timetabling the Primary Curriculum', available from the DfE resource archive.

KS2 Curriculum Time

SubjectRecommended time per week*Total hours over yearPercentage of a 
23½-hour teaching week
English5 - 7½ hours180 - 27021% - 32%
Mathematics4¼ - 5 hours150 - 18018 - 21%
Science2 hours729%
ICT55 minutes334%
D&T55 minutes334%
History55 minutes334%
Geography55 minutes334%
Art & Design55 minutes334%
Music55 minutes334%
PE1¼ hours455%
RE1¼ hours455%

TOTAL

19¼ - 22 hours690 - 810 hours82% - 96%


*There is no legal requirement for all foundation subjects to be taught every week, or even every term




How many hours should be taught of each subject in KS3?

There are no statutory requirements for time allocated to subjects in Key Stage 3. DfES recommendations suggest that Key Stage 3 pupils should have a minimum of 24 hours teaching each week.

Although there are no legal requirements, the QCA formerly produced guidance in the form of 'starting points' to help secondary schools to allocate curriculum time appropriately. The following table is drawn from the QCA document, 'Designing the Key Stage 3 Curriculum', available from the Digital Education Resource Archive.

KS3 Curriculum Time

SubjectRecommended time per week*Total hours over yearPercentage of a 
21-hour teaching week
English3 hours10812%
Mathematics3 hours10812%
Science3 hours10812%
ICT1 hour364%
D&T1½ hours546%
History1¼ hours455%
Geography1¼ hours455%
Modern Languages2 hours728%
Art & Design1 hour364%
Music1 hour364%
PE1½ hours546%
Citizenship45 minutes273%
RE1¼ hours455%

TOTAL

21½ hours774 hours86%

*There is no legal requirement for all foundation subjects to be taught every week, or even every term