Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)
Year 10 and 11
Obviously, much that we teach at GCSE is dictated by the exam boards we follow. However, where possible, the Department make the teaching and learning at GCSE as dynamic, varied and enjoyable as possible. That is why many pupils will find different teachers teaching different texts. Our aim is to deliver innovative lessons and one way to do this is to allow a teacher to choose the texts they think most suited to their group(s): it cannot be a ‘one size fits all’ approach at GCSE. Likewise, with the new GCSE framework which came in in 2015, the English Department overhauled their approach to GCSE assessment. Without the luxury of coursework to secure marks and plot progress, the Department now plots progress through planned and examined assessment which means teachers, parents and pupils are able to keep track of strengths and weaknesses. Moreover, every GCSE English student should expect to be assessed in every unit of their English Language and Literature GCSE over the two year course. Again, without the luxury of coursework and controlled assessments to secure marks before summer exams, it is imperative a student knows the ins and outs of each of their exams. Likewise, they should expect to be mocked on each GCSE Language and Literature paper by the end of Year 11 to ensure thorough preparation for the summer exams.