English Language & Literature

'Through analysing the words of others, we can better understand ourselves'

Curriculum intent and aims

In order to develop open-minded readers in English, we aim to:

  • Develop students’ critical thinking skills to allow them to interpret, analysing and synthesise implied meanings of a wide range of fiction and nonfiction texts, and in the world around them
  • Provide opportunities for students to engage with a rich variety of texts and topics which explore a range of cultures, experiences, and perspectives for students to empathise and engage with to improve their understanding of the world around them
  • Build students’ confidence and ability to express their ideas, views and opinions by equipping them with the tools to communicate effectively in writing and in speech
  • Foster and promote a love of literature and reading, and an appreciation for the English language


The eight meta-concepts underpinning the English curriculum are:

  • Empathy
  • Expression
  •  Individuals and society
  • Morality
  • Perspectives
  • Power
  • Relationships
  • Change

The curriculum sequence and course specifications can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

Curriculum Sequence - English Language & Literature 

GCSE specification links:

GCSE Specification - Language 

GCSE Specification - Literature 

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