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The Rose School delivers educational experiences for children with a wide range of barriers. These barriers include anxiety, depression, behaviour, expressive language, reading levels, attendance and relationships. It is our job to overcome these barriers and equip all students with the skills needed to become functional in society.


We believe that all pupils should be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing.

We want pupils to acquire a wide vocabulary, a solid understanding of grammar and be able to spell new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they learn throughout their time in school.

We want them to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. We believe that all pupils should be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their writing, in part by developing a good handwriting style by the time they leave The Rose School.

We believe that all good writers refine and edit their writing over time, so we want children to develop independence in being able to identify their own areas for improvement in all pieces of writing, editing their work effectively during and after the writing process.

We do not put ceilings on what pupils can achieve in writing and we do not hold pre-conceptions about any pupils’ ability to make progress.


We teach language skills through literature, we encourage students to read whole texts and extracts to build strong understand and develop and love and excitement for reading.

We revisit knowledge where possible, which could be through assessments, quizzing and review. We aim to ensure that knowledge is embedded so that new concepts can be taught and subsequently leant.

-Intended Impact-

  • Pupils will enjoy reading and writing across a range of genres
  • Pupils of all abilities will be able to succeed in all English lessons because work will be appropriately scaffolded
  • Pupils will have a wide vocabulary that they identify in reading and that they use within their writing
  • Pupils will have a good knowledge of how to adapt their writing based on the context and audience
  • Pupils will leave school being able to effectively apply spelling rules and patterns they have been taught


What do our students need to progress to further education?


We offer a broad range of qualifications to ensure each student is fully equipped for the next step of their educational journey. After accessing the fantastic career guidance and open evenings we have in school, our students can identify the career paths they wish to take and can complete the qualifications required to follow their chosen career paths. These qualifications may include Entry Level Certification (Step Up To English), Functional Skills Levels 1 and 2 and GCSE Language and Literature.

Entry Level Certificates

Entry Level Certificates are nationally recognised qualifications that give students the opportunity to achieve a certified award. Our assessments are designed to inspire and motivate your students, providing appropriate stretch and challenge whilst ensuring that the assessment and texts are accessible to Entry Level students.

Entry Level students will develop the skills they need to read and understand a range of texts as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

Functional Skills

The specification offers two equally-balanced papers across both levels. The Reading and Writing sources and stimuli provide learners with real-world situations and texts to engage their interest. The speaking, listening and communicating unit will emphasise the wider benefits that speaking and listening skills have for learners. It allows learners to develop their presentation and discussion skills around topics of their own choice. This will enable the full range of learners to engage in a way that is tailored to their experiences and areas of interest.

GCSE Language

The specification will enable students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures

GCSE Literature

The range of texts in this specification has been chosen to cater for the needs of students in all educational contexts. There are texts that will be familiar to students as well as new ones that will inspire young readers. A wide choice in each category means that there is something that will appeal to every student.


-Qualification Pathways-


Entry Level Level 1 Level 2

Entry Level Certificate-

Basic Skills


GCSE grades 3 to 1,

Functional Skills L1




GCSE grades 9 to 4,

Functional Skills L2





The English Curriculum 2023-2024