Welcome to English

Who we are:

Mr S Todd – Faculty Head (English & Drama)

Mr K Allison

Mrs M Brodie (Guidance Temporary)

Mr A Morrison

Mrs S Mills

Mrs D Denovan (Temporary)

Key Documents


Speedy Readers

The English Department runs a literacy programme to support S1 pupils in developing reading ability.  This programme adopts a perceptual learning approach.  The video below explains how this works in practice.

What we do:

Using a range of traditional, Scottish and digital texts, the department teaches a range of skills for life, learning and work through engaging and challenging lessons within English and Literacy.

S1 – 3: Broad General Education

The Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes in the English Department will focus on ensuring that all pupils are working comfortably in level 3 English and Literacy during S1 to S3, with many pupils working within, and beyond, level 4.

A range of skills for Reading, Writing, Talk and Listening for English and Literacy are taught alongside transferable skills from other subject areas.

For Example:

Reading skills – Using your own words to summarise, find evidence from a range of sources, making effective notes, identify parts of speech, appreciate the author/director/creator’s style and explain the effect it creates, etc..

Writing skills – plan a piece within a certain genre, organise information in a logical structure, engage the reader through language, style and tone, convey information clearly, etc..

Listening and Talk skills – use active listening when in group discussion, make notes to develop questions in discussion, present ideas to the class in a clear and concise manner, etc..

 S4 – 6: National Courses

Pupils will progress according to standards met in S3 towards a National 3, National 4 or National 5 qualification in English during S4.

National 3 and National 4 candidates will engage with a skills based approach to learning leading up to class assessments in Reading, Writing, Talk and Listening that cover set English and Literacy outcomes.

In addition, National 4 candidates will complete a research project and present their findings in range of mediums and give verbal feedback in order to complete the Added Value Unit.

National 5 candidates will complete in class assessments in Reading, Writing, Talk and Listening which must be passed in order to sit the final exam.

On top of the in class assessments, the candidates will study a range of texts, including at least one set Scottish text to be used in the final exam.

For example, a class may study six SQA set poems by the Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy to write about in part one of the Critical Reading exam along with the novella ‘Animal Farm’ and the media text ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ to answer one essay question in part two of the Critical Reading exam.

A folio will also be produced that includes one broadly discursive piece and one broadly creative piece with an opportunity to redraft work before submission.

Higher (National 6) candidates will follow a similar course to National 5 with class assessments in Reading, Writing, Talk and Listening which must be passed in order to sit the final exam.

They will also study a range of texts, including an SQA set text, and produce a folio.

Advanced Higher (National 7) will engage with a range of texts developing textual analysis skills in order to demonstrate appreciation of writer’s style. Drawing upon their prior learning and building upon their knowledge of language, candidates will work towards independently making extensive notes on an unseen text before writing an essay in the Textual Analysis element of the final exam and choosing an essay question written about a text studied in class.

Moreover, candidates will create a folio of work and write a dissertation on texts of their own choosing.