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Edmund Rice College, Glengormley




Miss C Cooper
Mrs J Kennedy
Mrs M Cust
Mrs C Gray
Miss C Nash

In the English Department we provide access to the Revised Northern Ireland Curriculum through a broad and balanced curriculum which is delivered by a committed and dedicated team of teachers.

Pupils are taught at Key Stage 3 through units of work linked to specific themes, novels, short stories, poetry, media and drama. These units provide opportunities for pupils to explore different forms of writing, types of reading and engage in activities designed to widen their talking and listening skills. The units build on previous skills and prepare pupils for the demands of the outside world as well as future academic examinations.

Pupils entering Key Stage 4 follow the CCEA English Language Specification.

We aim to enable each pupil to develop the necessary understanding, knowledge and skills for both their personal and academic life. Throughout the pupils’ education we place increasing emphasis on expectations in terms of independent learning, encouraging self-motivation and the ability to take responsibility. We therefore have high expectations of our pupils’ achievements and their ability to become lifelong learners. We cater for different learning styles and abilities through a multi-sensory approach to learning via the use of: Media, Information Technology and Drama.

English skills are developed within a range of contexts. Pupils are encouraged to develop empathy and understanding through reading a range of literature. Written work is based on the texts and all units include independent as well as guided work. The topics chosen are intended to motivate pupils and to allow them to develop their literacy skills whilst widening their knowledge of the world today and of our historical heritage. Pupils are involved in topic linked activities aimed at providing opportunities to learn through instruction and discovery and through practical application of skills. Reading skills are fostered and supported through the use of guided reading and also through the use of learning to learn strategies. We encourage pupils in Years 8, 9 and 10 to develop a love for literature and actively promote reading for enjoyment. Year 8 also participate in the Accelerated Reading Programme. Pupils are encouraged to Talk to Learn, to think about what makes a good reader, writer or successful speaker and are given opportunities to showcase their own skills.


Pupils in years 11 and 12 are taught in a flexible setting system which enables them to be taught in a group commensurate with their aptitude and ability. We see the study of literature as an integral part of English, and strive to introduce a wide range of texts to all of our pupils. Our aim is for our pupils to achieve their optimum grade at GCSE/Advanced level, to be able to communicate with others effectively and to develop an enjoyment of literature.