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English learning objectives

If you are a new user, find out more about the objectives by going to About the English learning objectives

Follow the three steps below to choose the year and strands you wish to view or alternatively, click on the name of a single substrand to view information regarding that substrand only.

The overview and the learning objectives are also available in PDF format.

The Framework for secondary English: overview and learning objectives (387.93 KB)

Step 2. Choose the substrands

  • click 'Select all' to see all the learning objectives
  • click 'Select' for all the learning objectives in a strand
  • click the relevant boxes to select the learning objectives for a single substrand or a combination of substrands

Speaking and listening

Pupils will explore, develop and respond to a range of skills and strategies, in a variety of contexts, adapting language according to task, audience and purpose.

1 Listening and responding


2 Speaking and presenting


3 Group discussion and interaction


4 Drama, role-play and performance



Pupils will engage with, and respond to, a rich variety of print, electronic and multi-modal texts, developing analysis and awareness of the forms and purposes of writing, and the contexts and cultures within which they were written.

5 Reading for meaning: understanding and responding to print, electronic and multi-modal texts


6 Understanding the author's craft



Pupils will write a wide range of texts on paper and on screen for different purposes and audiences, adapting features and techniques to create a range of effects and impact.

7 Composition: generating ideas, planning and drafting


8 Composition: shaping and constructing language for expression and effect


9 Conventions: drawing on conventions and structures



Pupils will explore the significance of English and the variations in its use and development, and comment on how language is used across a variety of contexts and situations.

10 Exploring and analysing language


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