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Sir Christopher Hatton

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English

In English there are many opportunities for pupils to reflect on and engage in all areas of SMSC.

Pupils are encouraged to discuss and debate ideas based on a wide range of texts and topics such as the death and relationships. This develops mutual respect across different year groups and classes.

In Y9 students will considered complex issues of morality, race and gender in their work with Of Mice and Men and look matters of patriotism and spirituality in the World War One poetry unit. Whilst studying GCSE texts such as ‘An Inspector Calls’ pupils can explore ideas of collective responsibility and class conflict. Pupils also look at the historical context of British values of democracy in a text or within a lesson. Within ‘The Tempest’ or ‘The Merchant of Venice’ scheme of work, pupils can take part in a courtroom debate and a voting activity.

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted in all English lessons, especially when studying poetry from other cultures. All teachers promote mutual respect in all lessons to encourage social and moral links. A ‘Work of the Term’ display board promotes respect for other pupils and a new homework system with a choice of activities lets pupils have individual liberty over the tasks they complete.

English provides extra-curricular activities such as coursework catch up sessions so that all pupils are able to reach their potential.