The purpose of the English curriculum

The purpose of the English curriculum is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to become confident thinkers, speakers, and writers.

We want to ensure that students are prepared for each stage of their academic journey and the world beyond the classroom. Through the study of a range of texts written by diverse voices, students are encouraged to discuss, debate, and explore universal ideas.

The principles of the English curriculum

Here we explore the John Roan curriculum principles in the context of the English curriculum:

  • Entitlement: All will study a wide range of high-quality texts and writing forms.
  • Coherence:  The curriculum is carefully sequenced according to themes, ideas, and concepts whilst introducing a variety of literary genres and forms, including different writing forms.
  • Mastery:  We want our students to be able to link new knowledge to previously taught content and understand the different ways they connect.
  • Adaptability: Each lesson addresses a key question, leaving room for teachers to adapt lessons without losing sight of the core purpose.
  • Representation:  All will encounter texts which offer both a mirror and a window to the rich and multi-layered experiences of the world we live in.
  • Education with character: Through the curriculum, students are given many opportunities to share, reflect and learn about each other’s experiences whilst recognising our common shared experiences.

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