English is the foundation of all other subjects. It has huge social, political and moral implications with literature enabling learners to become better thinkers and generally more empathetic human beings.
Learners need a critical facility more so than ever before, given the amount of choices they now have to make. The subject challenges fundamental viewpoints which inspire children to appreciate beauty, truth and the essential interconnectedness of everything. Whilst encouraging learners of all backgrounds and all abilities to engage and read for pleasure, English also encompasses elements of: history, religious education, philosophy, ethics, geography, literacy, government and politics, psychology, sociology and media.
We want the curriculum to recognise the importance of diversity. We want to ensure that our learners are being exposed to literature from a variety of British authors, from different backgrounds, and are reading about contemporary issues that they can engage with and relate to effective communication, creative expression and verbalising feelings.