English specialists across the Rowan Learning Trust have a genuine passion for their subject and a belief in not just the functional aspect of it but the great joy it can bring into the lives of young people. The Rowan Learning Trust has three specialist leaders of education (SLEs) in English who have a proven track record of contributing to school improvement. Diagnosing the English needs of students in individual schools is always the starting point of SLE support. The level of trust expertise in this subject ranges from knowledge and understanding of how to improve basic English skills to ensuring students have access to top grades at GCSE. Colleagues who commit to English GCSE marking each year use the knowledge acquired via this process to train and develop teachers in faculties to deliver high quality examination preparation lessons. Students benefit greatly from this which is proven by the high levels of progress made by students in English across the Rowan Learning Trust.