As English teachers we have a responsibility to develop the literacy skills needed to access learning and employment. We also have the privilege of helping our young people become thoughtful, compassionate citizens through the exploration of a wide range of literature. By studying high quality texts and having high expectations regarding pupils’ learning potential, our curriculum will allow them to develop the speaking, thinking, critical reading and writing skills needed to live successful and happy lives.
By the time pupils complete their studying of English at Ecclesfield School, they will be critical thinkers, analytical readers and excellent communicators both verbally and on paper. Pupils will have been given the opportunity to engage with, enjoy and then produce a wide range of fiction and non-fiction literary texts in lessons and through their personal reading for pleasure which we will support by making use of our vibrant school library. We will ensure, in order to develop our pupils’ cultural capital and SMSC skills ensure that a diverse range of writers are included in our Curriculum. Pupils will also have experienced a wide range of enrichment opportunities, such as going to the theatre, taking part writing workshops, working with guest speakers and being taught by post-16 specialists.