The Don Valley English department set the following homework as standard.

Years 7 to 9

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students have Accelerated Reader homework weekly. Students should be reading and quizzing on a book once every two weeks. In order to do this, we advise reading for twenty minutes per evening. This can fit in nicely around after school commitments. On top of this, English teachers may set revision homeworks in preparation for assessments (such as learning key quotations to help answer assessments in class); there may be additional homework, including the learning of key spellings for new topics.

Years 10 & 11

In Years 10 & 11, students should begin to take ownership of their revision schedule. Key to success, especially in the GCSE English Literature, is the learning of the plots and characters of their examined texts (Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls, the Eduqas Anthology). The more successful candidates ensure that have re-read the texts and learned from revision materials given out. Students also need to start revising and remembering key quotations from these core texts in order to be successful; we advise mind-mapping, using Post-It notes, Flash Cards , and Look, Cover, Check as successful revision approaches). As with Years 7, 8 and 9, students will also be set key revision topics for students in the run up to mock exams.


The following websites are useful for revising:

The following 'Shmoop' pages are helpful for key texts in Literature:

Other useful websites are:


On top of this, students have useful revision aids for Literacy in their planners, which includes the Dirty Thirty spelling list and reminders of the correct use of literacy.