The English curriculum in our schools is rigorous, with appropriate challenge and consolidation to allow students of all abilities to flourish, whilst offering opportunities for increased breadth and depth for more-able students and support and intervention for students who are less fluent.


In every one of our academies a vast number of after- academy enrichment activities take place each week. Students are provided with opportunities to add depth to their learning and develop personal skills through a rich and varied enrichment programme.

Students will have the chance to enjoy new experiences and consolidate their timetabled learning through this programme. Further detailed information on the opportunities available to students can be found in the academy’s Enrichment Brochure by clicking HERE

GCSE English and English Literature revision website

English teachers and directors from across the Trust have created a revision website which is closely tailored to the messages students receive in their English lessons. We have a wealth of expertise in delivering the WJEC/Eduqas specifications that all our academies use for English and our website ensures that students can access advice and materials which will help them to achieve the best grades they can at any time. Students will need their academy Google login details to access the website.

The website can be accessed by following this link: revision.english.outwood.com

Homework Opportunities In English

Within English lessons, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are provided with reading time for Accelerated Reader. In lesson, this means that students read a book of their choice, within their ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development). A student’s ZPD is allocated through the completion of a comprehensive STAR Reading test, which guides students in selecting appropriate reading material in line with their reading age. As part of Accelerated Reader time in English, our teaching staff listen to students read, help them to track their reading progress and discuss reading materials; this assists students in making positive reading choices inside and outside the English classroom. As a Department, we highly recommend reading for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. This enables students to succeed in boosting both their reading ability and confidence. As we highly value the importance of Accelerated Reader and reading in general, we recommended that students ensure that reading takes place within the classroom but also as part of their home learning, so that their reading skills become increasingly more secure. Students are eligible to receive awards throughout the academic year, helping them to value the importance of reading as a life skill.

For all Year 10 and 11 students, the English Department continue to place emphasis on reading as part of home learning. We continue to discuss reading with students and advise that reading and re-reading of the core GCSE Literature texts is completed throughout the GCSE course. Re-reading key texts allows students to revise key themes, characters and events as well as writing style and use of literary technique. Therefore, for Year 10 and 11 students, we advise that students become increasingly familiar with the following texts to support their GCSE learning:

  • ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens
  • ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare (Year 11)
  • ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare (Year 10)
  • ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J. B. Priestley
  • EDUQAS GCSE Literature Poetry Anthology

As part of English homework, for students who struggle with forming words and letters on the page, staff provide specialised intervention, providing key tips and tasks to complete in a student handwriting booklet.

As part of weekly homework, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are provided spellings to learn. It is expected that all students know how to correctly spell ‘The Dirty Thirty’, a collection of thirty commonly misspelt words to improve written accuracy. ‘The Dirty Thirty’ can be found within Literacy pages of the student planner.

Homework and complementary resources are provided on the English corridor throughout the year, allowing students to select tasks that will help develop their understanding and confidence of key skills. We encourage all students to use the materials provided and discuss their home learning with their English teacher/s.

Below are links to the revision websites that have been created to provide bespoke support for all students accessing the GCSE Language and Literature curriculum.