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English is a study of the diverse voices and backgrounds that make up modern Britain. It is an exploration of the ways people use spoken and written language to communicate their ideas and beliefs and implement change in the world around them. English allows young people to see how language can be used to express feelings and emotions and how that language can build positive relationships.

Our curriculum purpose in English is to develop students’ understanding of the world around them and of the society that they live in, in order to develop well-rounded and informed global citizens. The study of English helps students to understand the diversity of voices and cultures that make up modern Britain, and how the written and spoken word have both been used to make those voices heard. English at The Latimer Arts College allows students the opportunity to present their own viewpoints and ideas, and have those ideas challenged by others. It provides vital life skills that prepare students for the challenges of adult life.

Our curriculum aims for English are framed around the National Curriculum and the exam specifications we follow and is rich, broad and varied and carefully sequenced to allow:

Our students to develop culturally, emotionally, socially and spiritually and understand the role that literature plays in this. They will acquire knowledge and vocabulary and will learn to speak, read and write fluently. Our course will promote high standards of language and literacy by looking at a breadth of seminal texts from both the British literary heritage, including William Shakespeare, and from a mixture of voices who represent diverse modern Britain. Our students will understand through both reading and writing how language is constructed and how it is used and adapted for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.

Students will engage in debate and discussion and will be taught to understand the conventions of both collaborative and individual speech, and will develop a habit of independent wide reading of both fiction and nonfiction both for information and for enjoyment. Students will understand how to present and communicate their ideas and emotions and will confidently be able to do this in any number of contexts using both standard English and figurative language.

We will implement this in English with the aim of ensuring our students can be the best they can be.