1st Edition

Make Key Stage 3 Matter in English

By Liz Hillier Copyright 2017
    136 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    136 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The KS3 curriculum plays a critical part in giving students the best possible start to their secondary education and preventing the need for intervention later on. This timely book provides detailed guidance on how to develop a robust, multifaceted, inclusive and challenging KS3 curriculum in English that provides a secure and progressive link between KS2 and KS4.

    Featuring examples of curriculum models and audits of current practice, chapters cover key topics such as:

    • developing the planning cycle;
    • transitioning between primary and secondary English;
    • assessment in KS3 English;
    • creating a model that supports and challenges students of all levels;
    • LAC and SPAG: divisive or cohesive abbreviations;
    • speaking and listening in the KS3 English curriculum;
    • using multimodal texts;
    • examples of how meaningful homework can successfully embed itself in a KS3 English curriculum model.

    Make Key Stage 3 Matter in English will be an invaluable resource for KS3 English coordinators, teachers and all those involved in the planning and delivery of the KS3 English curriculum.



    1. The Importance of Key Stage 3 English

    2. Developing the Planning Cycle for Key Stage 3 English

    3. Assessment in Key Stage 3 English

    4. Inclusion and Challenging the Most Able in Key Stage 3 English

    5. Planning for English Transition Across the Primary and Secondary Phase

    6. LAC and SPAG: Divisive or Cohesive Abbreviations in the Key Stage 3 English Curriculum?

    7. Speaking and Listening in the Key Stage 3 English Curriculum

    8. Using Multimodal Texts in Key Stage 3 English

    9. Key Stage 3English Homework

    10. KS3 English: Where Next?


    Liz Hillier is an English teacher and KS3 Advisor at Claydon High School, UK. She has also been a Key Practitioner for secondary English in Suffolk and runs personal development courses for teachers on curriculum design.