English at Elm Court
“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”
English at Elm Court brings the National Curriculum alive for each and every pupil. Each has a personalised programme to meet their needs and encourage them to build on their strengths. Our pupils are given the best possible opportunities to learn the English skills they need to achieve well when they leave school. They read widely, including news reports, advertising, biographies, play-scripts, short stories, and novels. Through this, we help them to think more about themselves and the world they live in.
Our pupils are encouraged to work independently, in pairs and in groups. They take part in lively debates on current issues, learning how to share their views, listen to others, and resolve problems together. We use the latest computer software to support their learning, including the highly successful Lexia reading programme and the Clicker 6 word processing package. They are given intensive support programmes with one-to-one intervention where this is necessary.
We have a beautiful library, full of books which have been hand-picked to engage students at all reading levels. Pupils are encouraged to spend time in the library and to borrow books regularly to read at home. It is a peaceful environment where pupils can relax and enjoy a good read.