Devon Hospitals Short Stay School


English subject lead: Jo Hugo

Our English lessons offer an inclusive approach that not only focuses on academic achievement, but also prioritises the holistic development and well-being of each individual pupil, with the aim of providing enriching learning experiences that empower pupils to become confident and proficient readers and writers.

We incorporate creativity and imagination, alongside the development of fundamental literacy skills such as phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. English skills are woven into cross-curricular activities often based on half-termly topics, meaning that pupils have the opportunity to engage with literacy in various contexts, making learning more meaningful and interconnected. Support is provided by personalised support through 1:1 or small group delivery, to ensure that each student's unique needs are addressed, allowing for targeted approaches to learning. We recognise the impact of English on pupils' self-esteem and emotional well-being, we aim to foster confidence, reflection skills, and resilience through enriched learning experiences.

We work with organisations like 'Read for Good', which not only provides access to a wide range of books but also enriches pupils' cultural capital and inspires creative thinking and descriptive writing skills through storytelling sessions. This, and themed events such as ‘World Book Day’, further enhance student engagement and fosters a love for reading and writing beyond the classroom.

Reading for pleasure in North Devon on World Book Day 2024!