Helping our students find their potential

Communication forms the basis of our English and Literacy delivery. An individual communication assessment will determine the personal progression pathway each child will take.  Prereading, reading, prewriting , writing, and speaking and listening are addressed in an age appropriate way.   We use the Letters and Sounds’ strategy and emphasis is focused on Phase 1 which concentrates on listening and sound discrimination. This leads on to listening to letter sounds and for some children phonetical awareness.

Targets are set in line with progression guidance for English and progress is measured using our Sandgate Steps assessment tool.  As students progress through school English is delivered  within a thematic based curriculum approach up to Key Stage 3 and then, depending on personal pathways either a more formalised accreditation route or continued focus on communication and functional skills.


Artwork by Lucy Wisse