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Linden Education Centre


English room
English books
The Linden Education Centre aims to help each child to make progress in English. In addition to lessons, there a number of different strategies that we use to promote English skills and improve individual needs.

KS3 English

The curriculum is based on English programmes of study: key stage 3, National Curriculum in England Throughout each scheme of work the subject content includes Reading, Writing, Grammar and Vocabulary, and Spoken Language. The following texts are studied throughout KS3:

  • ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness
  • ‘The Sleeper and the Spindle’ by Neil Gaiman
  • ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare
  • Various non-fiction works
  • Year 10/11

    All students study for two GCSEs: English Language and English Literature.
    Both these courses are assessed through terminal examinations. There is no coursework.
    Further, the grading system has changed, with grades 9-1 being awarded rather than A*-G. In the new system, 1 is the lowest grade and 9 the highest.

    English Language

    Paper 140%1hr 45minutesEnd of Year 11
    Section AUnseen 19th Century fiction
    Section BCreative writing linked to the theme of the unseen 19th Century fiction extract
    Paper 260%2hrEnd of Year 11
    Section AComparison of two unseen texts from 20th & 21st century
    Section BTransactional writing (e.g. newspaper articles, letters)
    There is also a Spoken Language endorsement which will be reported as a separate line on the certificate.

    English Literature

    Paper 150%1hr 45minutesEnd of Year 11
    Section AShakespeare – ‘Macbeth’
    Section BPost-1914 British drama – ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley
    Paper 250%2hr 15minsEnd of Year 11
    Section A19th Century fiction – ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens
    Section BPoetry – one question on poems from the ‘Relationships’ section of the Edexcel Anthology; 1 comparing 2 unseen contemporary poems.

    For more information:

    English Language: English Literature:


    Half termly assessments will take place to enable students to familiarise themselves with the texts and practice for the examination.


    Homework will incorporate research tasks for controlled assessments and revision for the examination.

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