English Curriculum Area

Curriculum Lead: Mrs C Lane
Second in the Curriculum Area: Mrs S Regan
Staff: Mrs L Anglim
  Mrs L Dawson
  Mrs C Littlewood
  Dr R Saunders
  Mrs N Smith-Hughes

Mrs A Townley

  Mrs S Walton
  Mrs H Winter

Vision: To encourage all students to be passionate and proactive in their learning and to support them in becoming responsible, confident and successful citizens of the future.

The English department at Bishop Rawstorne is extremely successful, with GCSE results consistently much higher than national averages. With a dedicated and enthusiastic team of subject specialists, students are supported and encouraged to achieve their potential through an innovative and creative curriculum and the consistent delivery of high standards of teaching.

Curriculum Intent

We endeavour to equip all of our students with the skills that they will need to be successful in the ever-changing world of the 21st Century. By delivering engaging and challenging lessons, we hope to inspire, motivate and prepare our students for the demands of not only further study of English literature and language, but also the rigorous demands of other curriculum areas and life beyond school.

We aim to:

Promote engagement with challenging fiction and non-fiction texts which encourages students to read and explore their world and stimulate their imagination.

Study writers from across the 19th-21st centuries and cover a range of genres.

Develop creative and analytical writing skills so that students can express themselves precisely, accurately, confidently and in detail.

Prepare students for potential further study in GCSE English literature, language and drama, through the study of writers such as Orwell, Duffy, Shakespeare, Dickens and Russell.

Develop confident and articulate speakers, able to communicate and collaborate in a range of contexts.

Deliver schemes of work that incorporate a range of reading, writing and drama, using fiction and non-fiction to encourage a breadth of cultural knowledge and understanding.

Curriculum Implementation

English at Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students receive four lessons a week in Year 7 and three lessons a week in Year 8, where they are encouraged to develop their skills in the three main areas of the curriculum: reading, writing and speaking and listening. One of the weekly lessons is focused predominantly on developing reading skills and increasing stamina when tackling texts of all types. There is also a huge emphasis on developing oracy skills. Throughout Key Stage 3, students develop into creative, reflective and independent learners through a range of different learning and teaching strategies which will in turn fully prepare them for the demands of GCSE.

During Key Stage 3 students have access to a wide range of literature, including texts by many famous authors from Charles Dickens to Patrick Ness. Furthermore, Year 7 and 8 students study plays by Shakespeare, in addition to a range of poetry from different eras. Students are also given the opportunity to develop their writing skills by studying different styles of writing including a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. In addition, we place a high emphasis on technical accuracy and students are regularly taught strategies to develop their spelling, punctuation, grammar and proofreading skills They are also given the opportunity to enhance their communication and creative skills through speaking and listening and drama-based activities.

English at Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students are taught for four hours a week in Year 9, five hours a week in Year 10 and four hours in Year 11. Undoubtedly, English is one of the most important subjects students will undertake and can open the door to a range of careers and opportunities in life. We ensure that Year 11 is dedicated to preparing for the English language exam, along with practical activities that lay the foundations for employment or further study.

During the literature course, students study texts (plays, poetry and prose) from a variety of different eras, ranging from Shakespeare, Dickens and Russell to a range of poets from different cultures and times.

If you want to find out more about the courses at GCSE visit www.eduqas.co.uk 

Curriculum Impact

Assessment of progress is via regular checking of students’ books, verbal feedback, live marking and discussions,  as well as a number of more formally set and assessed tasks throughout the year. Each student will be provided with targets for development. Assessment folders and assessment cover sheets are used for self, peer and teacher assessment and allow for accurate target setting and monitoring of progress. Emphasis is placed on feedback and targets for progression, rather than grades or numbers.

Throughout Key Stage 3, students are closely monitored with an assessment taking place at appropriate intervals for each scheme of work; this allows accurate judgements to be made about each individual’s strengths and the areas in which they may need more support. More importantly, each assessment allows students to assess their own progress and understand their targets for future pieces of work in English, and across the curriculum.

Throughout Key Stage 4, students are also regularly assessed in accordance with the various components of the language and literature course. They follow the EDUQAS syllabus in GCSE English language and English literature and sit their literature examination at the end of Year 10.

In English language, students are also assessed by linear examinations and will sit English language at the end of Year 11. Throughout the GCSE course, progress will be monitored by continual assessment and students will have the opportunity to develop their writing skills further; writing short narratives and transactional texts such as letters, speeches and newspaper articles. In addition to this, they are challenged by a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, testing their reading skills through a range of comprehension activities. Furthermore, in GCSE English language, students are assessed in their spoken language skills, completing a formal presentation at the end of Year 10. They also complete a careers' and preparation for work/further education module which guides them on the many pathways for life beyond school.

Careers and Progression

As core subjects, GCSEs in English language and English literature are studied by all students and are, of course, highly regarded by further education institutions, apprenticeship providers and universities. The reading, writing and spoken language skills developed in English are transferable to all other subjects and offer a sound basis for future study and life in the workplace. The future career choices for students of English are many and varied, including sectors such as media and marketing, performing arts, law, journalism and teaching. However, it would be a disservice to this subject to limit it to just these sectors as the ability to communicate is the foundation for any profession. 


Programmes of Study: English