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Faculty Teaching and Learning Statement

English plays an essential role within the world at large and as such, within the school curriculum. Over the two key stages, every Keyham Lodge student will receive a rich and varied curriculum of English Language and Literature delivered in a challenging and engaging manner. It is our aim within the department to consistently:

  • Consider every student’s individual learning needs and plan accordingly to allow every student to access lessons and make expected progress.
  • To challenge and engage all students in lessons, ensuring sufficient breadth and depth of content to stretch the most able as well as support pupils to make good progress.
  • Assess students’ progress regularly, (in line with department policy) and to monitor progress using relevant data to inform planning and set personal development opportunities.
  • To monitor and track every students’ progress regularly and offer meaningful intervention strategies and sessions if necessary ,to ensure good progress for all.
  • Enable students to become both creative and critical thinkers, readers and writers through the development of the skills and resources they will need to succeed in an increasingly literate and multimodal world.
  • Encourage a knowledge, understanding, appreciation and tolerance of the multicultural and multi-ethnic society and world in which we live.

Overview of Key Stage 3

The English programmes of study and schemes of work in years 7, 8 and 9 are predominantly designed and created to equip our students with the necessary knowledge and skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening to achieve success at GCSE. We follow the National Curriculum and ensure that our KS3 pupils engage with novels, plays, poetry, drama, short stories, Shakespeare and non-fiction texts. Long-term plans have recently been amended in order for students to cover all skills necessary to be able to access GCSE English Literature and Language. The AQA assessment objectives have been firmly embedded into every year group, so students are aware of and can tackle these. Students will also be taught every element of the AQA Language and Literature paper within KS3. We have also made the decision to begin teaching GCSE English from Year 9, to allow ample time for our students to learn, develop and practise the skills necessary to access GCSE English Language (Pink) and Literature (Blue)


Overview of Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE Language and Literature Pathway

Most students will follow the AQA English Language (8700) and Literature (8702) GCSE. Beginning this academic year, this programme will be delivered over the course of 3 years, as opposed to 2, in order to provide students with ample time to grasp the skills necessary to access the GCSEs. Units will need to be delivered quickly and monitored closely as achievement in all assessment objectives is crucial to overall success. Therefore all department staff are urged to note and adhere to time frames in order to deliver all course components successfully.

As a minimum, we offer all pupils the opportunity to gain a Functional Skills qualification in English. This qualification enables pupils of all abilities to gain a nationally recognised qualification in English which has a practical application for their future careers.

The Functional Skills qualification focuses on three key areas:

• Speaking, listening and communication
• Reading
• Writing

Our aim is to offer all pupils the opportunity to leave our school with at least one qualification in English and an enthusiasm and confidence in reading and writing.

The English Long-Term Plans are attached below:

For further details, please contact Rebecca at