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Longcause Community Special School

Longcause Community Special School

Learning for Life


Welcome to the English Page!


The area of English is made up by the three areas of reading, writing and spoken language. Basic skills in this area are fundamental to our pupils in preparing them for life after Longcause and we place utmost importance on developing and extending these skills in purposeful and realistic ways.


To teach early reading across the school we use the Read Write Inc phonics scheme. All pupils starting from EYFS begin on the scheme. Pupils are responding fantastically to this programme and we see great progress in their reading and writing. You can find out more about RWI by clicking the link below. 


English/ Phonics sessions take place at 9:15am every day, for an hour. In addition to these, each class has a daily story time to promote a love of reading for pleasure. 
At Longcause we recognise reading as a fundamental skill, and therefore reading is a whole school priority. We measure progress in reading in several ways to get a much more accurate picture of each child as a reader. 
Pupils who have completed the Read, Write, Inc programme will move on to the RWI Comprehension scheme and then Literacy and Language scheme of work. You can find out more information about them below. 

Some of our pupils are learning on the ARK Mastery English schemes of work. You can find out more about this scheme using the link below. 


At KS4 pupils will be given the opportunity to achieve an accreditation in English. 


For any further information you can contact our Early Reading Lead - Faye James, by emailing on or our English subject lead, Grace Sanders, on