Citizenship National Curriculum Click here to view DfE's programme of study. Expand The National Curriculum Citizenship was made a statutory subject in secondary schools in 2002. A new programme of study for Keys Stages 3 and 4 was published in 2013. In addition to the national curriculum the GCSE in Citizenship outlines core content that should be addressed through teaching and learning. At primary school citizenship has a non-statutory framework which sets out what should be taught at Key Stages 1 and 2.