This NEW course will demonstrate how to build and deliver an ambitious curriculum at Key Stage 3 which will stretch and challenge your pupils. Led by our highly respected presenter Judith Dixon, the course will demonstrate how high expectations and academic rigour will develop the skill and stamina of all pupils. Using tried and tested techniques, the course will explore ways in which the Key Stage 3 curriculum can be fundamental to success in later years.

There will be a focus on developing purposeful English classrooms from Transition Day right though Key Stage 3 and a detailed look at how your curriculum can successfully cover the demands of Key Stage 3, as well as providing the knowledge and skills pupils need in order to progress to become successful GCSE candidates.


  • Take away new approaches to introduce Key Stage 3 pupils to the joys of 19th Century Literature.
  • Explore ideas for building on the KS2 curriculum and progressing towards KS4.
  • Gain strategies to build pupils’ stamina and ambition in both reading and writing.
  • Consider ways in which your school can harness the energy and enthusiasm of KS3 English pupils in purposeful and exciting ways.
  • Teachers of Key Stage 3 English
  • Heads of English
  • English Key Stage 3 Curriculum Managers
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.45am
How to Build and Deliver an Ambitious Curriculum at Key Stage 3

  • Explore the significance of the KS3 wonder years inserted as it is between the exciting developments in the KS2 curriculum and the challenging requirements of the GCSE.
  • Follow the progress of a pupil from Yr6 to Yr10 as they develop the knowledge and skills for critical reading.
  • Take away new ideas for designing schemes of work that build and stretch your pupils’ knowledge and skills throughout KS3.

10.45 – 11.05 am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.05am – 12.30pm
Transition: Ensuring Pupils Improve from Yr 6 to Yr 7

  • Discuss ideas for making your school’s KS3 English experience purposeful and exciting as opposed to ‘the wasted years’.
  • Take transition seriously: gain new ideas for transition lessons and activities that encourage pupils to increase their ambitions for KS3.
  • How to beat the transition slump: ensuring pupils continue to improve from Yr 6 to Yr 7

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.10 pm
Creating confident readers

  • Discuss how different teaching styles can provide a variety of reading opportunities.
  • Explore a range of ambitious texts to stretch and challenge your pupils.
    • Explore the importance of providing a literary backdrop for later learning.
    • New ideas for approaching the Classics, from “Peter Pan” to Sherlock Holmes.
  • Reflect on how context enhances understanding using an extract from ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens.

2.10 – 2.15pm
Informal discussion and tea

2.15 – 3.10 pm
Building stamina in writing

  • How to create a regular writing routine : support your pupils to become independent and successful writers.
  • Explore how ambitious reading leads to ambitious writing.
  • Take away ideas for using oracy to develop an authentic voice in writing.
  • A demonstration of a range of strategies to make sure assessment leads to progression.

3.10 – 3.30pm
Plenary discussion and depart

Judith Dixon

Judith Dixon has been Head of English at The Lakes School, Cumbria for seven years and prior to that, she led Key Stage 3 English at Cockermouth School. She has experience of preparing students for GCSE English and English Literature as well as A Level English Literature, English Language, Media Studies and the Extended Project Qualification. She has delivered CPD on Progression in the English Classroom, Extended Writing Across the Curriculum, Planning and Modelling for Extended Writing and Oracy across the Curriculum. She is an examiner for a leading exam board for GCSE English Literature and A Level English Literature.

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