An exceptional educational experience for all

An exceptional educational experience for all

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Learning at BVGA


"Our aim is to empower our students through the teaching of English. We want them to leave BVGA equipped academically for a successful future, but it is just as important that they leave us equipped with the skills and personal qualities they will need to be active, engaged and fulfilled future citizens.”

English Intent

We aim to broaden our students’ understanding of the world and their place within it, using novels to engage with contemporary issues: the changing environment and climate, gender equality, marginalisation, discrimination, protest and empowerment. High quality, award-winning, literary fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry and plays meaningfully address gaps in our students’ historical and cultural understanding. Literature builds understanding and empathy, offering students a valuable insight into lives and experiences different to their own. At the same time, we know it is essential for students to see themselves represented in literature so offer texts that put familiar, though sometimes underrepresented, characters centre stage. Our curriculum is designed to develop inquisitive and active readers who question texts and language. We ensure students are familiar with the conventions of common text types and we use these to model what excellent writing looks like. Opportunities to write imaginatively and without feeling self-conscious are woven into our curriculum. As to are opportunities for students to express themselves orally. Our diverse and carefully sequenced KS3 curriculum builds a strong foundation for study at KS4. Our curriculum thoroughly equips students with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to complete rigorous GCSE exams.

Confident Learners

Confident Communicators

Confident Future Citizens

To create confident learners, the English curriculum is:

  • Skills based. Exam ready but not exam heavy.
  • Deliberately structured and sequenced; building on prior knowledge and skills.
  • Rich and diverse to build understanding and vocabulary.

To create confident communicators, the English curriculum:

  • Formalises talk within lessons.
  • Creates a safe space in which students can express their ideas and opinions (written and oral).

To create confident future citizens, the English curriculum:

  • Builds cultural capital and global awareness through diverse texts.
  • Encourages active reading and questioning of texts and ideas.

The English curriculum provides opportunities for all to:

  • Read, write and speak.
  • Access a range of diverse texts.
  • Build resilience for assessments and exams.
  • Respond to feedback and improve their work.
  • Know what they need to do to progress.

The English curriculum provides opportunities for all to:

  • Present to their class on a topic of their choice, linked to the theme of their year.
  • Give their own interpretations of novels, plays and poems.

The English curriculum provides opportunities for all to:

  • Read the opinions of others and develop their own points of view.
  • Develop understanding and empathy.
  • Learn about relationships, society and other cultures.

The Key Concepts running through English  

Reading: Purpose, audience and form; reading aloud; active and engaged reading of diverse texts and authors; understanding and questioning the ‘big ideas’ in a text; authors’ purposes; how authors use language to shape meaning; generic conventions of text types; understanding context.

Writing: How to tailor writing to suit purpose, audience and form; how to adapt tone; how to structure a text; how to write imaginatively and engage readers; how to write accurately in Standard English; how to use techniques appropriate to genre and text type.

Oracy: How to adapt tone to suit purpose, audience and form; how to structure talk to make it purposeful and engaging; how to use movement and gestures to communicate ideas and feelings.

Curriculum Maps