Key Stage 3

English at KS3 focuses on improving students’ literacy skills to enable them to fully access the educational opportunities at Swale Inclusion Service. The curriculum includes the study of poetry, novels and plays. Pre 20th century classic texts and seminal post 1900 world literature are delivered in an engaging and appropriate manner and two Shakespeare plays are studied. Grammar, cultural context, poetry and non-fiction writing are all included in the schemes of work. Examples of texts studied include:

  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Holes
  • War Horse
  • Skellig
  • Macbeth

Additional support for children with very low literacy levels is provided when timetables and staffing levels permit.


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Key Stage 4

English in Key Stage 4 develops on the skills that students have learnt in Key Stage 3, but has a more academic focus, with the aim being that all students sit the GCSE in English language and English literature at the end of year 11.

Students complete the majority of their work for English Language in year 10, preparing for the exam by reading and responding to a wide variety of texts and producing writing in a variety of styles.

In year 11 the focus switches to English literature where students study:

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • An Inspector Calls
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Poetry of Power and Conflict.

However, we recognise that GCSE may not be right for every student, so we also offer Functional Skills qualifications in English at level 1 and level 2.   We currently use AQA for all of our English qualifications. 

For further information about the specifications for functional skills or GCSE then this can be found on the AQA webpages below: