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As a life-long book lover I view English as the most important subject that children study at school: achieving fluency in its three components (reading, writing and spoken language) allows pupils to effectively access the entire curriculum. By using rich texts as a starting point in all year groups, staff can combine the key principles of best 21st century practice into their teaching. Selecting strong core texts enables our teachers to support and develop creative thinking; allows elements of choice in reading and writing; shines a light on matters outside of pupils’ current experience; reveals the importance of vocabulary and grammar in context; promotes reading for pleasure; and helps children to express themselves and empathise with others.

I am regularly astonished and impressed at the effort and imagination the children bring to their English work, and feel proud to be a part of a team aiming to send confident, literate young people on to their secondary education.