Recognising the importance of English in the whole school curriculum, our English Department aims to implement a varied programme to support, challenge and encourage our students to become effective communicators.

Schemes of work are delivered and differentiated for the unique abilities of all students, which does not necessarily reflect their key stage. All students are challenged to achieve their potential with a varied curriculum and the use of a 1:1 on-site intervention teacher where needed. Through selected literature, we enable students to become active readers, allowing them to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually and socially. Within topics studied, there are regular opportunities for students to develop their functional literacy skills in preparation not only for exams, but for adulthood.

We are aware that many students on entering Prospect may have difficulties with reading and writing and as a school we are committed to enable these students to develop skills with which to help them engage in all subjects within our varied and wide curriculum. Our Interventions Specialist Teacher is available to help students catch up on lost learning with regards to literacy skills and this support is available through individual and small group work.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage Three, particular focus is placed upon developing students’ ability to read fiction and non-fiction texts for meaning, to write for a variety of purposes and in different styles. These skills are developed through the teaching of a range of topics including: Advertising and the Media, Poetry, Prose, Persuasive and Instructional Writing, Texts from Other Cultures, Descriptive Writing, Persuasive Writing, Drama Texts and Shakespeare. Their English topics are devised based on the requirements of the National Curriculum and the National Framework for English.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage Four, students develop their skills further in a range of non-fiction writing and continuing to read and learn through literature to work towards achieving Functional Skills and GCSE English Language qualifications.