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Curriculum rationale: English

Our English curriculum takes students on a journey through a variety of carefully sequenced texts. 

High-quality texts permeate, and the challenge is implicit across a wide range of texts. We give our students the substantive texts of the canon to enable us to weave diverse texts to subvert and challenge what has gone before and created critical readers and thinkers.  

The curriculum enables our pupils to have a personal connection with the knowledge that they can then translate to the world around them. It helps them to have a balance of learning about and analysis of (patterns of plot, grammar, and character) which students recognise and remember to the set text of key stage 4 and beyond. We want pupils to become thinkers of future knowledge, and this should provide the foundation for them to question and critique the world for themselves. 

We aim to ensure that all our pupils who are disadvantaged or have any special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) have access to a carefully planned curriculum. Our curriculum aims to provide pupils with SEND with explicit systematic teaching and rehearsal of knowledge. We also ensure that these pupils have the time they need to study important subject content in English. 

Curriculum Intent: English 

The King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool English curriculum has been developed to ensure that all pupils: 

  • Read easily, fluently and with a good understanding  

  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information  

  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language 

  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage  

  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences  

  • Use discussion to learn; they should be able to elaborate and clearly explain their understanding and ideas   

  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate 

Year 7 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 8 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 9 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 10 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 11 curriculum overview [click here]

For each curriculum overview, additional documentation is available upon request. This document outlines the exact subject knowledge your child must know and remember. These documents also include the types of teaching activities that subject staff have chosen to help your son/daughter learn the curriculum here at King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool. 


To check how well our pupils are learning the curriculum, teachers use a full range of assessment techniques. These include diagnostic questions to reveal your child’s English preconceptions and common misunderstandings, questioning and end-of-topic/learning cycle assessments.