Learning in the UK

UK Schools

This table shows the way that schools are organised in the UK. You can use it to work out what “Key Stage” “Year Group” and “School type” from the age of a child.

Child’s age on
31st August
School Year GroupCurriculum Stage
(with links to online information)
School type
3NurseryFoundation stage (Oak)Nursery School
4ReceptionFoundation stage (Oak)Primary School / Infant School
5Year 1Key Stage 1 (Oak / BBC)Primary School / Infant School
6Year 2Key Stage 1 (Oak / BBC)Primary School / Junior School
7Year 3Key Stage 2 (Oak / BBC)Primary School / Junior School
8Year 4Key Stage 2 (Oak / BBC)Primary School / Junior School
9Year 5Key Stage 2 (Oak / BBC)Primary School / Junior School
10Year 6Key Stage 2 (Oak / BBC)Secondary School
11Year 7Key Stage 3 (Oak / BBC)Secondary School
12Year 8Key Stage 3 (Oak / BBC)Secondary School
13Year 9Key Stage 3 (Oak / BBC)Secondary School
14Year 10Key Stage 4 / GCSE (Oak / BBC)Secondary School
15Year 11Key Stage 4 / GCSE (Oak / BBC)Secondary School
16Year 12
(Lower 6th)
6th Form / A Level (see Open Learn)Secondary School / 6th Form College
17Year 13
(Upper 6th)
6th Form / A Level (see Open Learn)Secondary School / 6th Form College

Online Learning websites

Oak National Academy (teaching and learning materials for UK school age children)https://www.thenational.academy
BBC Bitesize lessons (learning materials for UK school age children)https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Open Learn free courses for ages 16 and more. (These are not A Level courses)https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Khan Academy (learning materials connected to the USA education system)https://www.khanacademy.org

Learning English online

Learn English by Zoomhttps://wakefield.cityofsanctuary.org/refugees-and-asylum-seekers-2/english-classes
City of Sanctuary learning resourceshttps://schools.cityofsanctuary.org/resources/covid-support
Learning English in Yorkshire & Humberhttps://www.learningenglish.org.uk
Learn English at the Baptist Churchhttps://wakefieldbaptistchurch.co.uk/activities/english-classes-free/

UK Universities

Over 70 universities in the UK offer financial help for people who have claimed asylum in the UK. Each scholarship has different eligibility criteria, application deadlines, and levels of financial support. Find out more from “Student Action for Refugees

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