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Curriculum Overviews - English

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Year 11

Subject: English

Faculty Leader: Mrs S Turner

Deputy Faculty Leader: Miss D Keenan


School Mission

'As a Catholic school, our mission is to show love through our respect for others.  We value our God-given gifts, talents and abilities. Our aim is to bring out the best in everyone, within a safe and happy environment.  Everyone should know that we are followers of God by what we do, not just by what we say .'

Faculty Vision

"To create an ever-evolving curriculum to meet the needs of all through engagement and challenge."

Inspirational Quote

'A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.'

George R.R. Martin

Curriculum Intent

English is essential to all pupils to help them develop the literacy skills that are crucial, not only to access all areas of the curriculum, but to enable them to succeed in society.  At The Barlow there is an expectation that pupils also gain the following skills through their study of English:

  • Whilst being exposed to a varied and challenging curriculum young people will foster an affection and appreciation of literature and the social and historical contexts that books and plays are set.
  • As a faculty, the hope and aspiration is that reading for enjoyment and entertainment will form part of their lives and that the joy of literature is nurtured and developed in lessons and conversations with young people.
  • Within lessons, the aim is to foster an atmosphere of creativity and nurture a flair for writing.
  • English is an imaginative subject that unlocks the minds of young people.  Therefore, it is the faculty's mission to engage the imaginations of young people and allow them to exercise their minds thoughts.
  • English makes young people curious.  Curious about their lives, the lives of others and how those lives are intertwined.

KS4 Course Rationale

AQA (9-1) English and English Literature

  • Large consensus across the local authority in using AQA, which therefore allows collaboration of planning and sharing good practice.
  • Staff expertise as examiners for AQA allows for the development of the teaching of the subject using the knowledge learnt from the marking experience. 
  • One staff member an APE (Assistant Principle Examiner) for AQA which means that she conducts reviews of marking, attends meetings and had input into the examiner's report and is very familiar with the mark schemes for both subjects.  As a result, these expertise are shared within numerous training sessions for the staff on teaching in preparation for the examination. 
  • Finally, AQA share all their question stems and have assured educators that they won't be changing without notice so it is easy to teach pupils how to respond to these questions.

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