Events At a Glance

07/12/2018 INSET DAY



General information/ introduction

English plays a pivotal role across the school curriculum and the world at large. Over the two key stages, every Ruskin student will receive a rich and varied diet 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 accommodate accordingly to allow every student to 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 allow all pupils to make good progress.

• Assess students' progress regularly, (in line with school policy) and to monitor progress using relevant data to inform planning and set personal learning targets.

• To monitor and track every students' progress regularly and put in meaningful intervention strategies if necessary to ensure good progress for all.

• Encourage students to develop a life-long love and enthusiasm for language and literature in all forms.

• Enable students to become both critical and creative 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.


The programme of Study at Key Stage 3 is as follows:

Unit 1: Transition unit and gothic tales
Unit 2: Introduction to poetry
Unit 3: Introduction to Shakespeare The Tempest and The Taming of the Shrew,
Unit 4: Descriptive writing
Unit 5: Novel
Unit 6: Non Fiction

Year 8
Unit 1: Poetry
Unit 2: Shakespeare - Macbeth
Unit 3: Victorian crime
Unit 4: Narrative writing
Unit 5: Novel
Unit 6: Travel Writing - Non Fiction

Year 9
Unit 1: Stone Cold - outsiders
Unit 2: Twilight
Unit 3: Novel - War horse
Unit 4: War poetry
Unit 5: World Politics - Non Fiction
Unit 6: KS4 AQA preparation

Overview of Key Stage 4

Year 11
All students will follow the Cambridge iGCSE English Language for the first time this academic year. The compressed two year programme will be delivered to current year 11 starting with the coursework requirements. Students will follow either ‘core' route or ‘extended'. All students in year 11 will also study AQA Literature.

Year 10
Year ten students will have two years to complete iGCSE English. They will also follow the AQA iGCSE Literature route in parallel. Year 10 will start both courses with a focus on coursework requirements. It is expected that all coursework is completed before the end of the academic year as exam practise and speaking and listening preparation is essential in year 11. 


Ms A Morgan - Curriculum Leader

Mr B Smith - Second in English 

Miss E Lucas - English Teacher

Miss M Birkett - English Teacher

Mrs L Simmons - English Teacher - Year 7 Achievement Manager  

Mr J Putt - English Teacher 

Mrs P Hamilton - Intervention



We provide a range of enriching experiences for students to extend their vision of the arts. Writers and poets are invited to perform and run workshops for students. These successful events are regularly arranged by our Library Manager who actively supports the English Department. students are often entered in writing competitions and enjoy being successful in this.

Any other information

The English Department is keen for all students to achieve well and we have a designated English teacher to help students who need intervention. Students are given special 1:1 time to address needs in literacy skills or to catch up with missing GCSE work should they have special circumstances.

Please read the IGCSE English Revision Guide (Core) (989kb pdf)

Please read the IGCSE English Language Revision Guide (Extended) (1197kb pdf)