English at Bradford Forster Academy
Through teaching with excellence and modelling exemplary behaviour, the English department strives to challenge, motivate and inspire greatness in our students enabling them to become outstanding and ambitious for themselves. 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 too 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.
In partnership with our strong Christian foundations and high-quality teaching and learning practice, English at Bradford Forster Academy encourages students to become:
English is sequenced to allow students to build their knowledge and skills over time by:
English provides students with opportunities for them to develop the habits and skills needed to succeed in life during and after BFA by:
In achieving this, we endeavour to support our students in breaking through limited horizons and becoming confident, effective, and employable citizens within the context of the local community of BD4, Bradford and beyond.