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The key aim of the English Department at Southern Cross is to develop and improve our pupils’ ability to communicate and express themselves both orally and in written English. We encourage and nurture creativity and expression which helps our young people develop socially and emotionally. We foster a love of literature and pupils study a range of reading material that exposes them to and makes them appreciative of more diverse cultural experiences.


The curriculum at Southern Cross follows the Key Stage 2 and 3 2014 National Curriculum, using the Rising Stars programme to signpost each next step and address each individual need.


We aim to accelerate pupil progress within an integrated programme of Oracy , Reading & Writing. Pupils will be given opportunities to develop their use, knowledge and understanding of spoken and written English within a broad and engaging curriculum. Opportunities to “fill in gaps” in pupils’ literacy skills are a major part of our curriculum offer; English lessons at Southern Cross build on skills learnt through our rigorous Fresh Start literacy programme and the English department works closely with other subject leaders to ensure that these skills are applied and embedded across the wider curriculum.