English Teaching at Craven PRS

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The aim of the English department is to ensure that every pupil experiences success in lessons and makes rapid progress in developing their English skills, across the areas of reading, writing and communication from their entry point of learning to the PRS.


At KS3, the aim is to develop literacy skills, so that students can successfully access the entire curriculum when they return to mainstream school. Students are assessed for reading, comprehension, communication and SPaG on entry to the PRS. Where necessary intervention programmes are put in place to support pupils that require it. English lessons are structured to ensure maximum progress in reading, writing, written communication and accuracy and verbal communication for a range of settings.


Reciprocal reading is used to ensure students have a range of strategies to approach challenging texts and give them a foundation strategy for how to tackle new, or challenging written information in their future studies for Lifelong Learning.


Additionally, at KS4 pupils work towards external qualifications. There are a number of pathways that pupils can follow that lead to qualifications in:

  • AQA GCSE English Language
  • AQA GCSE English Literature
  • AQA 'Step Up' Entry Certificates at Entry 1, 2 or 3
  • AQA Functional Skills at Entry 1, 2, 3; Level 1 and Level 2

The qualifications other than the two Core GCSE examinations in English Language and English Literature (neither of which are tiered) are decided based on student need.


Most full time pupils receive two and a half hours of English teaching per week. Pupils starting GCSE courses in Year 10 generally take both English Language and English Literature, but pupils starting in year 11 tend to take English Language only. 


Pupils are well prepared for examinations and almost all pupils make rapid progress from their baselines on entry.


Information about the different qualifications is available below:

AQA English qualifications


Revision Materials can be ordered at cost price from school and others will be provided.  If you would like any recommedations, please ask Mrs Wright, English Lead. k.wright@cravenprs.org


KS3 English online: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z3kw2hv


KS4 English online: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zcbchv4









Literacy Policy 2021 2022
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