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About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.


Head of Department Ms A Ghelichi

The study of English, in line with the national curriculum, introduces pupils to the literary canon, enabling students to access rich and engaging poetry, prose, drama and non-fiction from across the ages. The curriculum will enrich pupils’ lives by equipping them with the knowledge needed to become critical and creative thinkers. Pupils will become excellent and influential communicators, in both speaking and writing which will support success across many subjects.

Within our curriculum, pupils will read, understand and analyse texts that offer challenge in order to develop resilient readers and critical thinkers. They will read, understand and analyse texts that are important historically, culturally and socially and also those that reflect our pupils’ own positions and others’ positions in the wider world. Such texts will provide opportunities to make cross-curricular links to a broad range of subjects such as history, geography and PSHE.  

Our pupils will be taught how to use language to become critical thinkers and have the knowledge and tools to confidently, question, influence and shape the world around them. They will appreciate how powerful language can be and be empowered to use it in order for them to have a voice in the world they live.

They will learn to write with fluency, accuracy and creativity and understand grammatical components of English in order to communicate varied and complex ideas with success and accuracy, in both speaking and writing and acquire a broad and extensive vocabulary (which will continually expand) to communicate effectively in writing, analysis and speech .

In order to fully consolidate and expand their knowledge, pupils will be explicitly taught how sequences of learning link within (and outside of) English.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7

  • Autumn Term 1: Murders and Mysteries
  • Autumn Term 2: Child Voices Throughout the Ages: Oliver Twist
  • Spring Term 1: Voices in Conflict through Poetry
  • Spring Term 2: The Art of Rhetoric
  • Summer Term 1: Shakespeare's Ghosts
  • Summer Term 2: Gothic Literature

Year 8

  • Autumn Term 1: 21st Century Novel: Watcher in the Shadows
  • Autumn Term 2: Of Mice and Men - struggle and power
  • Spring Term 1: Comparison of 19th Century and 21st Century Fiction and Non-fiction
  • Spring Term 2: Shakespeare and his Heroes
  • Summer Term 1: Blood Brothers
  • Summer Term 2: Identity and Culture: Understanding poetry through creative writing

Year 9

  • Autumn Term 1: Lord of the Flies: Duality
  • Autumn Term 2: Lord of the Flies: Duality
  • Spring Term 1: Romantics and Revolution Poetry
  • Spring Term 2: Using 19th Century and 21st Century fiction/non-fiction to inspire writing
  • Summer Term 1: Romeo and Juliet - Destiny and fate
  • Summer Term 2: Romeo and Juliet - Destiny and fate

Year 10

  • Autumn Term 1: Power and Gender
  • Autumn Term 2: A Christmas Carol/Creative writing
  • Spring Term 1: Powerful voices: Analysing speech writing in preparation for GCSE Spoken Language
  • Spring Term 2: An Inspector Calls, P2 Writing
  • Summer Term 1: Macbeth: Power and Corruption
  • Summer Term 2: Power and Conflict Anthology

Revision Material

Year 11

  • Autumn Term 1: English Language P1 Knowledge
  • Autumn Term 2: English Language P2 Knowledge
  • Spring Term 1: English P1 Question by Question
  • Spring Term 2: English P2 Question by Question
  • Summer Term 1: Revision Weakest questions practised 
  • Summer Term 2: Revision Weakest questions practised