We have developed our curriculum statement for English collectively at WAVE across all our academies, shaping our offer so that it meets the needs of our learners and is ambitious in aim and outcomes...


  • We believe that a quality English curriculum should develop every student’s love and ability to read, write, speak and listen as effective life long learners. Building from their starting points, we believe that equipping students with the tools of literacy is an essential part of their success, as well as re-engagement with learning and education. We aim to give students every opportunity to explore our rich and varied literary heritage as well as develop their knowledge and understanding of universal themes and issues relevant to today's world, thus enriching cultural capital and closing the attainment gap where this exists. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where students take pride in their writing, develop their vocabulary, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and who can use discussion to communicate effectively, find their own voices and further their learning.


  •  Our English curriculum broadly follows the principles underpinning the National Curriculum to support effective reintegration and to help students make rapid and sustained progress within their literacy and oracy skills. At the same time, it is tailored and adapted within the contexts of each individual AP setting to meet the needs of our students and their different starting points. On entry, we swiftly assess students' starting points through a range of methods and reading tests, as well as drawing on the available information from referring schools. Subject specialists base curriculum planning upon the core principles above, delivering high quality teaching and learning activities to support effective progress and broaden horizons.  English is taught discreetly by subject specialists at Key Stage 3 and 4, with opportunities to speak, listen, read and write and gain regular specialist feedback and feed-forward in order to make progress. KS4 students study for GCSE Language and Literature. Online learning and outreach teachers  are also used to effectively support students, particularly within our Medical APs. Our ability to offer small group teaching and strong individual support, together with positive communication with the referring schools, establishes a platform to narrow the gap between our pupils and those who have more successfully negotiated mainstream education.
  • The impact of our English curriculum is measured through several means: *Engagement *Qualifications (AQA English Language GCSE and AQA English Literature GCSE, Functional Skills L1-2, Step up To English AQA, *Progress from baselines *Literacy baselines progress (Reading/spelling) *Attendance data  *External/Internal monitoring including PPSG, County, DoE, SIP *Student voice * Parent Voice* Stakeholders*Transition into Post 16 destinations *Reintegration to mainstream school