English Department

STAFFING WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT

The English Department currently comprises of:

Mrs Deirdri Mc Veigh Head of English
Ms Brenda Mc Nulty Head of Year 9
Mrs Michelle Convery Essential Skills Co-ordinator
Mr Ciaran Quinn Literacy Co-ordinator
Ms T Loughrey Library Co-ordinator
Mrs Marie Carron SENCO

                                                             

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AIMS

The specific aims of the department are as follows:

  • To promote improved literacy for all pupils within the department and to work with the literacy co-ordinator in supporting whole school literacy initiatives.
  • To ensure pupils at all levels are streamed in to the optimum class groupings to ensure they receive the level of teaching and learning appropriate to their needs.
  • To use a variety of methods to monitor and review pupil progress to help all pupils achieve.  This will include results tracking, data analysis, subject teacher feedback and parental involvement, where appropriate.
  • To target underachieving pupils, particularly those at Key stage 4, with intervention strategies to help them achieve their target grades at GCSE.
  • To give our young people the communication/literacy skills they will need to survive as adults in the 21st 
  • Terminal Examination
  • Controlled Assessment
  • Study of Written Language – Year 11
  • Writing Creatively -Year 11 and year 12
  • Spoken language Study Year 12

SUBJECT:            GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

EXAMINATION BOARD:   CCEA

TEACHERS

Mrs McVeigh   Ms McNulty

Mrs Convery

Mrs Carron       Ms Loughery

Mr C Quinn

CCEA ENGLISH LANGUAGE: The scheme of assessment:

 
 

40%

60%

TERMINAL EXAMINATION – 2 Papers

Paper 1: Personal Writing and Reading Multi-Modal texts

Paper 2: Functional Writing and Reading Non-fiction

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT:

  • The Study of Spoken Language
  • The Study of Written language
  • Writing Creatively
  • Speaking and Listening assessments to include Presenting, Discussing and Listening and Role Playing.

40%

20%

20%

60%

10%

15%

15%

20%

     

SUBJECT:     GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE

EXAMINATION BOARD:   CCEA

TEACHERS

Mrs McVeigh     Mrs McNulty  

Ms Loughery            Mrs Convery

Mrs Carron         Mr Quinn  

  

Students selected for the English Language and English Literature Option will follow the GCSE English Language course outlined above as well as the content for GCSE Literature outlined below:

CCEA ENGLISH LITERATURE

The scheme of assessment consists of:

  • Terminal Examination – 2 Papers
  • Controlled Assessment

Paper 1: Study of  Prose

Paper 2:The Study of Drama and Poetry

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT-

  • The Study of Linked Texts

 

 

75%

25%

25%

50%

25%

Year Group

Course Title

Course Description

Assessment

Teachers Involved

 8-10

Ks3 English with Media Education

Students in KS3 are exposed to a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to develop pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills via reading, writing, speaking and listening tasks.

Internal assessment

Communication assessed in Year 10 – Level Awarded

 KS3 Communication Portfolios completed in Year 10

All staff

in rotation

11-12

CCEA GCSE

English

Language

Coursework ( 20% for Speaking + Listening and 40% for written  coursework)

Terminal examination=60%

Written Coursework Schedule (Internally Assessed Components):

   

4 x IAC marked internally and externally moderated

Ongoing Speaking and Listening Assessments

2x Examination in June of Year 12

All staff

in rotation

11-12

CCEA Essential Skills Communication Levels 1 and 2

1 x Action Based Activity to produce a portfolio of evidence that includes: Discussion, Read and Obtain information, Write 2 types of document and use image effectively.

1x Desktop Task - an unseen test which confirms the above level

Portfolio – internally assessed, externally moderated

75 minute examination externally moderated

All staff

in rotation

 Year 13

As English

Prose – Great Gatsby

Poetry – Frost and Thomas

At AS 1, students must complete two internally assessed assignments. These account for 40 percent of the marks at AS Level and 20 percent of the marks awarded at A Level.

For AS 1 Section A, students must study closely the text of a Shakespearean play and write a 1,500 word (approx) assignment.

For AS 1 Section B, students must study and compare two plays by a 20th century dramatist. They must then write a 1,500 word (approx) creative, personal, or original response about those works.

 AS Prose and Poetry paper

2 hours – June sitting only

All staff

in rotation

 Year 14

A2 English

Prose Theme : Women in Society -The Colour Purple,  Jane Eyre and The Illusionist

The study of Poetry 1300-1800 and Drama: Chaucer’s ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’, Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’

Heaney’s Translation of ‘The Burial at Thebes’

There is no internally assessed unit at A2.

 A2 Prose Paper       2 hours      

A2 Poetry and Drama         2 hours        

 

 

POSSIBLE CAREERS USING ENGLISH

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

 
 
 
 

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