Here at the Devon Hospitals Short Stay School we recognise the importance of English being taught in line with the National Curriculum to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate


The Devon Hospitals Short Stay School understands the significant impact that English can have on the personalised needs of each individual pupil. Regardless of age or ability, we enhance the aims of the New National Curriculum (2014) by promoting an enriched learning experience, including:

  • basic literacy skills
  • confidence and self esteem
  • reflection skills
  • collaboration
  • relationship building
  • emotional well being
  • resilience
  • developing imagination
  • escapism
  • creativity
  • social interaction

This is reflected in our teaching of English and Literacy across the whole curriculum, at times a cross curricular creative approach enhances the learning of English.

Students of all abilities including those with SEND, and/or an EAL background are supported in meeting the requirements of the new national curriculum for English. Where possible, and when appropriate, close liaison with home schools for all pupils, including those working towards GCSE qualifications. For Key stage 4 pupils we will ascertain the exam board towards which they are studying and provide targeted support in specific programmes of study. This ensures that their educational experience across both contexts is as seamless as possible. The school has access to the texts and anthologies that are studied in preparation for English Literature examinations across all examination boards. There is also a wide range of resources including films, print media and games to support a variety of learning styles. Online activities allow staff to engage and support pupils in their learning in all key stages.

Early reading is taught through systematic synthetic phonics following the Read Write Inc. scheme. Pupils are assessed as soon as possible to ensure that we teach them at their level. For older pupils that attend DHSSS come with a wide range of prior reading experiences and therefore, teachers liaise closely with the home school to ensure that a consistent approach is maintained, allowing continuity for the pupils. The school has a range of reading books, including audio and digital books, catering for pupils at EYFS and throughout KS1-KS4.  Pupils are encouraged to read widely in many situations and to recognise that reading is a valuable life skill, rather than simply an academic subject.

Thanks to our links with the 'Read For Good' charity, we not only own a wide range of books but are able to give many away. Half-termly visits from the 'Read for Good' storyteller provide inspiration for developing creative thinking and descriptive writing skills.

Pupils at our School and those receiving home tuition are taught in a nurturing, personalised and multisensorial way which is beneficial to all pupils, in particular learners with Dyslexia.In this way we are enabling pupils to make progress adapted to their needs.

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