Learning curriculum

The Government Analysis Function (AF) has around 17,000 members working across the Civil Service. Established in 2018, the AF brings together analysts of all disciplines by facilitating cross-government and cross-profession collaboration on the highest priority analytical issues. As a function, we aim to provide our people with the learning and development opportunities to meet their potential. The AF Learning Curriculum sets out the best and most relevant learning and development opportunities available to you as a government analyst.

Whether you’re an experienced government analyst looking to refresh or develop your skills, or brand new to your role, a member of one (or more) of the analytical professions or not, the AF Learning Curriculum has something for everyone.

The AF Learning Curriculum

There are 5 topics in the curriculum.


Gain aptitude or potential to perform to the required standard – “I need to learn how to do something now”

AF Learning Curriculum: Ability


Demonstrate specific professional skills, knowledge or qualifications – “I want to get better at doing something”

AF Learning Curriculum: Technical


Actions and activities that people do which result in effective performance in a job – “I want to change a behaviour”

AF Learning Curriculum: Behaviours


The things we do regularly, do well and that motivate us – “I want to learn from the experiences and strengths of others”

AF Learning Curriculum: Strengths


The knowledge or mastery of an activity or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it – “I want to experience something that will help me grow”

AF Learning Curriculum: Experience

More information about the AF Learning Curriculum

Learning and development can take many forms, but research consistently shows the most effective learning happens through challenging assignments and learning on the job. That’s why the AF Learning Curriculum has been built to align with Success Profiles, the recruitment framework for the Civil Service.

The AF Learning Curriculum has been compiled with the help of analysts from a wide variety of grades, professions and departments. If you know of any learning resources that you feel would be of use to your colleagues working across government, please let us know by emailing Analysis.Function@ons.gov.uk.

The 70:20:10 learning model

The learning opportunities on the learning curriculum are grouped according to the 70:20:10 learning model. This framework suggests that in the workplace:

  • 70% of learning is experiential – this means it happens through daily tasks, challenges and practice
  • 20% of learning is social – this means it happens with and through other people, like colleagues
  • 10% of learning is formal – this means it happens through structured training courses and programs

Making learning accessible

We want this learning to be available to you whoever you are and wherever you work. We are working across government to make learning available or provide you with the right person to contact to make sharing of learning and best practice possible across our community.