Last reviewed on 17 November 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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Understand what curriculum maps are for and how to make sure they are useful. Download and adapt our curriculum map templates to save you the hassle of creating your own, and see examples from other schools.

Ofsted doesn't require you to create curriculum maps

Curriculum mapping isn't mentioned in the inspection framework or the inspection handbooks

However, Ofsted research suggests that curriculum mapping can help:

  • Identify the extent of knowledge, skills coverage and depth in the curriculum
  • Ensure sufficient coverage of the subject over time

You need to demonstrate that your curriculum is ambitious and coherently planned and sequenced towards sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment.

Curriculum maps can help you do this, but you can also demonstrate this with a list or curriculum intent audit (for primary schools). 

Curriculum maps can be useful for pupils, teachers and parents

Although you're not required to create curriculum maps, they can be beneficial when done the right way for your school (see the section below).

Pupils can use them to:

  • Reference prior knowledge
  • Place what they're learning in the 'bigger picture'