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Our English offer will enable all pupils to develop their reading, writing and communication skills, preparing them well for their next step/ stage by opening up the world beyond their physical experiences and allowing them to communicate with others and interpret the world around them . Our curriculum allows pupils to experience a wide range of texts and forms or literature.  Teachers will work with other professionals to maximise communication skills by determining the individuals strengths, and using this knowledge to develop systems and provide supporting materials.


English is delivered through the EYFS areas of Literacy and Communication and Language. English is delivered as a core subject from KS1 – KS3, through discrete sessions and intrinsically throughout the school day.  The development of communication skills is a vital part of the school offer for all pupils. English teaching within KS4 – Post 16 is part of the Preparing for Adulthood curriculum where learning is embedded and focused upon the application of learnt skills to increasingly complex situations.  In key stage 4 and post 16 pupils will work toward accredited qualifications through ASDAN.


Pupils are supported to develop a love of literature that continues into adulthood, whether through books, through the internet or through film and theatre. The curriculum supports them to understand how the skills they have learned can be applied to everyday living.  Through developing skill acquisition, pupils demonstrate a greater ability to communicate effectively, using their preferred and practiced method to support the development of their life/ independence skills including, where appropriate, within the world of work. Data collection through our assessment systems will support teachers to ensure that pupils are graded as established or generalised within targets from their starting point in this area of the curriculum.  At the end of their schooling at Curnow all pupils will leave with an ASDAN accredited qualification.


Pupils are encouraged to develop their pre-requisite literacy and communication skills with individual targets set from the relevant areas of their Education Health Care Plan; these targets ensure that teaching sessions are relevant for each pupil’s personal development. The curriculum is designed to ensure that pupils have access to the same areas of the National Curriculum as their peers with individual outcomes ensuring progress over time in this vital area.