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Last reviewed on 7 June 2021
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Find out what to look out for and what questions you can ask to review your English policy with confidence.

Key points to look out for

Below we suggest what might be included in an English policy but, since it’s not statutory, policies can vary.

It’s not meant as a guide for writing a policy, since that’s your school leaders’ job, but use it to give you a sense of what you’re looking for.

Aims and objectives

For example:

  • How English links with the school’s vision and the National Curriculum
  • How English links with other subjects (cross-curricular)
  • The skills pupils are expected to achieve by the time they leave, for example all pupils:
    • Can read easily, fluently and with good understanding
    • Develop a wide vocabulary
    • Write clearly, accurately and coherently
    • Can speak, listen, read and write for various audiences and purposes
    • Can communicate effectively in speech and writing
    • Can display their skills across the curriculum
  • That pupils are set challenging, achievable targets 
  • That pupils develop a lifelong love of reading and writing

Who will do what under the policy, such

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