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English Plus


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Mr A Farrell
Assistant Head Teacher

Director of English Plus

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Mrs C Hopkins
Teacher of English Plus


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Mrs C Hedges
Teacher of English Plus


Contacting the Team

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the English Plus team by leaving a message with Reception or by emailing our enquiry address.

We aim to respond to phone calls and emails as quickly as possible and certainly within 48 hours.   Please bear in mind that members of staff may have a day of teaching and unable to attend to non-urgent matters until the end of the Academy day, or the following day.

By telephone:   0121 464 2737 (main school switchboard)

By email:   

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English Plus

The English Plus curriculum offers Year 7 pupils at Harborne Academy a transition into secondary school with unique learning experiences. Our primary goal is to ensure that all students, regardless of their starting point, make exceptional progress; however, it is also important to us that your child develops key skills that will support them throughout their academic career and beyond.

At the core of the curriculum is English; however, our carefully planned curriculum also embeds historical and social context. To ensure consistency and the nurturing environment pupils need as they transition into secondary school, English Plus is delivered by a small team that work closely to ensure students develop a love of reading, become confident writers and obtain highly developed levels of oracy.

The English Plus curriculum is built around the theme of ‘Journeys’. At the core of each scheme of work is a well-known text, from which students will develop their reading and writing skills. Through a carefully planned writing process, students have opportunities to revise and redraft their writing, creating beautiful work, while developing key learning attributes, enabling them to become resilient, creative, reflective, collaborative and proud of their work. Through English Plus, each Year 7 student has the opportunity to complete their Arts Award Explore qualification.

Learning is brought to life further by a calendar of experiences from educational visits to external visitors, for example authors, poets, illustrators, theatre companies, historical interpreters and artefact specialists. These rich experiences enhance learning.


Learning Journey

English Plus Homework

In addition to the Key Stage Three homework booklet that issued each half term, English Plus sets three types of homework to support students’ development.

  • Differentiated skills homework: approximately 10 minutes.
  • Differentiated spelling and vocabulary homework: approximately 25-30 minutes. Students are given a new word each day in lessons. They are tested the following week on the correct spelling a usage of each of the words
  • Lexia Power up Literacy Programme. We expect all year 7 students to spend at least one hour per week using Lexia. Students can be supported to do this in school if necessary.

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