English is widely recognised as vital to the educational achievement and future life of all pupils. Throughout the school the aims of the department are fourfold: to develop communication skills in listening, talking, reading and writing; to develop knowledge of the concepts of language and literature; to foster positive attitudes towards the various uses (and users of) language and literature; and finally, under-pinning the first three aims, to provide stimulating language experiences for pupils to acquire these skills, attitudes and understanding.