Brownhill Learning Community

Brownhill Learning Community


Overview of English

At Brownhill Learning Community we aim to educate KS3 and KS4 students who are at risk of or who have been excluded from mainstream school. Our primary function is to re-engage students in their learning in order that they can re-integrate back to mainstream school or Post 16 education or training.

English is a core subject and we follow the National Curriculum guidance. Teachers use a variety of approaches, which will re-motivate pupils to learn, highlight any barriers to learning and achieve progress. New pupils are assessed for reading, spelling and writing. For pupils who have additional special educational needs, they will be following a foundation pathway that is personalised to them. We use IDL Cloud – this is an individual Literacy programme, where pupils are assessed for Literacy and then set work according to their level and progress is monitored.

English lessons are timetabled in the morning after breakfast when pupils are fresh and focussed. Each lesson is 45 minutes and facilitates discrete learning in English: Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Speaking and Listening.

Key Stage 3

Each term, lessons will take a thematic approach to allow for a wide-range of source material and tasks to be explored. 

Our curriculum seeks to offer flexibility to young people to enable them to tailor their learning to their needs and aptitudes, allowing them to develop at a pace consistent with their abilities. Pupils will be awarded Pearson Steps to celebrate achievement of new skills.

Our pupils work towards a range of qualifications. In Year 9 we expect pupils to achieve AQA Step Up to English Silver (Entry Levels 1 & 2) and Functional Skills English Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening Entry 1, 2 or 3.


Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, pupils will begin a two year course leading to an IGCSE award in English.

In Year 10 pupils work towards AQA Step Up to English Gold (Entry Level 3) and Functional Skills English Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening Level 1.In the Spring term the pupils will begin the course work for IGCSE English.

Year 11 pupils will work towards IGCSE English. They will complete a portfolio or coursework that includes 3 extended writing pieces, a spoken language presentation and then an examination in the Summer term.


If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Gheftar Jan-Ahmed Lead teacher for English on 0300 303 8384 option 2 or email:

Further Information

Please see the links below for any additional information about qualifications.

Information about AQA Step Up to English

Information about Functional Skills English

Information about IGCSE English