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The purpose of this page is to collect together key documents setting out life-based and subject-based learning.

The Merged Action Curriculum is an example of how life-based learning might be organised.

As the concept of life-based learning originates in Britain, the example of subject-based learning we are using is the National Curriculum in England at key stages 1 & 2 (the 5-11 age range).

We are keen to add relevant links to information about other curriculums operating around the world. Contact us here.

MAC Documents


This document gathers together information in response to some of the frequently asked questions about MAC:

Merged Action Curriculum at a Glance

Here is a handy one page outline of the life areas and learning domains at the heart of MAC:

Click here to read more about MAC.

National Curriculum Documents

Please forward copies, from your own country, of subject-based curriculums for children around 5 to 11 years of age.

The National Curriculum in England

The National Curriculum in England is an example of a subject-based approach to learning.

Click here to read more about our critique of subject-based learning.

PSHE Association

The PSHE Association is the national body for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education — the curriculum area that supports pupils to be healthy, safe and prepared for modern life. PSHE education incorporates health education, relationships and sex education (RSE), and economic wellbeing and careers.

PSHE Association programme of study for PSHE education:

Department for Education statutory guidance

Statutory guidance from the Department for Education on relationships education, relationships and sex education, and health education.