Our Curriculum

The intent of the English Curriculum

  • Present an environment where all students can learn English skills and knowledge to the best of their ability and where all students’ needs are addressed positively and sensitively.
  • Offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate students, encouraging their active participation in English.
  • Provide students with access to our cultural heritage through a selection of richly descriptive and diverse literature texts.
  • Develop and extend a student’s ability to express themselves clearly, orally and in written form taking into account the audience and purpose of the communication.
  • Develop their vocabulary, ability to infer and predict, to understand bias and so engage with the written word with understanding and enjoyment.
  • Be confident to read for pleasure and to enable learning across the full curriculum.
  • Be able to present their ideas in all subjects and present themselves to potential employers.
  • Set realistic yet challenging targets, with high expectations for all students.

English curriculum – implementation and Impact

Pupils arriving at NSC have varied and often interrupted educational experiences, so we assess them thoroughly to identify gaps in knowledge and skills. English is taught in small groups in all years so enabling gaps in young people’s understanding to be addressed

In KS3 pupils have 3 English lessons a week. They follow the National Curriculum and are taught in small mixed ability groups with high staff to pupil ratio.

In KS4 pupils have 4 English lessons a week in small similar ability groups with high staff to pupil ratio. In year 11 the majority of pupils sit AQA GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature, although for a few pupils AQA Entry level English qualifications are more appropriate.

In year 10 and year 11 we offer opportunities for young people to achieve AQA Functional Skills English Level 1 and 2 qualifications which demonstrates they have the English skills required by most employers.

In KS5 students who have not yet achieve a GCSE in English Language at Grade 4 or above or alternatively hold a Functional Skills Level 2 English qualification will be required to study English alongside their chosen subjects.

Improving literacy so that all young people can make progress across the full curriculum is a core aim for NSC. The English curriculum in all years is carefully sequenced to ensure young people become increasingly confident and fluent in the English skills required to succeed in school and beyond. English skills development is embedded across the full curriculum in all Key Stages so young people have numerous opportunities to use developing skills, receive thorough feedback and so hone their skills.

The Teachers

Steve Mortimore

English Teacher

Caroline Moss

English Teacher