Skills covered


Read a variety of texts

Understand how texts use language and structure

Use evidence

Work out meanings and infer

Compare texts


Write for a range of purposes and audiences

Write accurately

Summarise key ideas

Plan, draft and edit




 How can I support my child?

  • Help get them organised – equipment, books, timetable etc.
  • Remind them to use their planner and look at a calendar.
  • Ensure they have a space to work away from distractions.
  • Ask them if they have any homework and what they have done that day.
  • Show an interest in their work, sometimes the best way to learn a subject is to teach it to someone else.

How can I support my child with their English studies? 

  • Model reading at home. Talk to them about a book you/ they are reading.
  • Talk to them about current issues on the news. Ask their opinion. ‘What do you think…how do you know that…how do you feel about..?’
  • Get them to read news articles online and summarise the points made. This aids the understanding of viewpoints.
  • Ask them what someone else might think about a topic.
  • Read aloud. Ask them what words mean/ how characters feel/ what could happen next/ how they pronounce words.
  • See what different texts you can find at home – recipes/ instructions/ lists etc. How are they different? What did you notice?
  • Explore ‘’ and ‘’. There are lots of activities to engage their learning needs and increase their vocabulary knowledge.
  • Use other online revision platforms such as YouTube videos by Mr Bruff and interactive revision on Seneca learning.

For more information, please click on the following links or contact Mrs Thornton on the Academy phone number. 

English Careers Poster

Leaflet – English

English – GCSE Content




English Language:


Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing – Written Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (80 marks – 50% of GCSE)

Paper 2 Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives – Written Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (80 marks – 50% of GCSE)

Non examination assessment: Spoken Language (Marked by teacher – separate endorsement on the certificate.)


English Literature:


Paper 1 Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel – Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (64 marks – 40% of GCSE)

Paper 2 Modern Texts and Poetry – Written exam: 2 hours 15 minutes (96 marks – 60% of GCSE)







A good GCSE grade 5 or above in English is a requirement for the majority of Post 16 courses/careers.

This specification offers excellent preparation for A Level Courses in English Language, English Literature or the combined Language/Literature course at City College.





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