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Our curriculum at Headlands is designed to build towards success at GCSE and A level, as well as equipping students with important reading, writing and speaking skills to help them flourish in higher or further education, or in future employment. The KS3 curriculum provides a broad and engaging range of topics designed to truly embed knowledge and skills so that students can develop their love of language and literature and their skill in engaging with a range of increasingly complex texts and exciting writing opportunities.

The English curriculum explores texts from a range of cultures and time periods, in order to provide a lens for students to become increasingly aware of the diverse world around them.

Both KS3 and KS4 curricula enable students to prepare with confidence for GCSEs in English Language and English Literature. All students will study two GCSEs with the largest UK examination board, AQA. Lessons are carefully sequenced, designed and differentiated to support the progress of students who have a range of starting points and levels of prior attainment, so that all succeed and feel proud and confident in their achievements.

The English department is staffed by a dedicated and experienced team of subject specialists who work in close collaboration to support students’ engagement and attainment.

The success of our curriculum is evident in our students’ exam results and in the confidence with which they take the next steps in their education or employment options. We also judge our curriculum’s success in the ways that students engage in learning opportunities and develop and thrive.

Find out more information about our English curriculum by clicking the links below.

English: Intent, Implementation and Impact

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7-Year Curriculum Plan

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English Department Progression Plan

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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Delivery

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Get more detailed information on what students look at on a term-by-term basis in each year group by clicking on the links below.

Year 7 Subject Information

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Year 8 Subject Information

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Year 9 Subject Information

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Year 10 Subject Information

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Year 11 Subject Information

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Year 12 & 13 Subject Information

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Click on the links below to see how students are assessed in Years 7, 8 and 9.

Year 7 Reading skill criteria

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Year 7 Writing skill criteria

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Year 8 Reading skill criteria

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Year 8 Writing skill criteria

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Year 9 Reading skill criteria

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Year 9 Writing skill criteria

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Curriculum

SMSC & British Values