English

The development of student English skills lies at the heart of learning at RSB. All students who graduate from Rashid have a high level of bilingualism. It is one of the greatest achievements of the school.

The aim of the department is to make every student a confident communicator in English – both written and oral. This is done by fostering an enjoyment and interest in reading and literature. What's more the department prides itself on delivering enjoyable and effective lessons, utilising the latest web, computer and smart board technologies and building strong positive relationships with students. The challenge is to make every student a lover of language, proud to be bilingual and aware of his rare, prized talent.

Importantly, the department believes that the most successful way to teach language skills is through contextualised learning: creating real-life situations, within a classroom context. Therefore, as well as fun and engaging lessons, they offer all students a wide variety of activities that allow them to use their English skills beyond the classroom: drama workshops and festivals; debating competitions; working with visiting authors; research projects; school productions; as well as theatre, cinema, book and heritage trips.

Students follow an adapted English National Curriculum in years 7 to 9, which includes Shakespeare as well as a bespoke Language and Heritage unit. In years 10 and 11 a range of IGCSEs are offered, including English as a First Language, English as a Second Language, Literature (English), as well as TEFL examinations. In years 12 and 13 International AS English Language is an option along with an HSD English programme which prepares students for IELTS, SATs and CEPA examinations. In addition we also offer AS and A2 English Literature and Film Studies.

The department has six members of staff, with a wealth of teaching experience from around the world. They work closely together to provide a flexible, responsive curriculum that caters for the learning needs of all students. In addition, many of the team have additional responsibilities in the school.  What’s more they also have a key role in fostering awareness of language issues and work closely with management, the Primary Section, Learning Support staff and others to exemplify good practice and to foster a coordinated approach to language learning across the school.