English is offered to all students within the School usually for more than one lesson per week.
- Teaching is provided by qualified Tutors. Lessons are delivered through Q&A, directed study, online videos, and other interactive student activities. The overall aim is to provide an opportunity for every student to be able to gain a suitable English qualification at the right level appropriate to their abilities at either GCSE level or Entry level. Students are continually monitored and assessed to ensure the appropriate stretch and challenge for the more able students as well as 1:1 support for students requiring literacy support.
KS3 Entry Level Certificate: AQA Step up to English Silver and Gold
- Entry Level students are encouraged to develop the skills they need to read and understand a range of texts as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.
- The qualification can be tailored to students’ needs through either Silver Step or Gold Step. Silver Step is aimed at Entry 1 and Entry 2 students and Gold Step is for Entry 3 students looking to progress to GCSE.
KS4 GCSE: AQA
Using the AQA specification students are provided with the appropriate stretch and challenge whilst ensuring that the assessment and texts are, as far as possible, accessible to all students. Students are enabled to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts and write clearly.
Assessment: For the award of the GCSE in English Language students must complete all three assessments:
1. Explorations in creative reading and writing
2 Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives
3. Non-exam assessment
- Assessment 1 & 2 are assessed by written exams of 1 hour 45 mins each.
Each paper carries 50% of the overall mark.
- Assessment 3: Spoken Language. This is a non-assessed unit and is marked by the teacher not an external examiner but must be completed for the student to achieve the GCSE. It includes: presenting, responding to questions and feedback as well as use of Standard English.
At KS4, students work towards nationally recognised certification.
Edexcel Functional Skills (Levels 1 and 2). These courses equip learners with the practical skills needed to live, learn and work successfully. They are a mandatory part of all Apprenticeship frameworks in England.
Edexcel Awards in English are stand-alone qualifications designed to help students build their confidence and skills in different areas of English. Where students join the Tutorial Foundation for a fixed period of time, the Edexcel Awards are a valid way to recognise their progress in English before re-joining mainstream school.
In the summer term of Year 11, students will sit the AQA (9-1) English GCSE. This consists of 2 exam papers, each exam is 105 mins and worth 50 marks. Mock exams are completed in the Autumn and Spring terms to assess whether students will be entered for Foundation or Higher tier exams.
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