English Mastery’s mission is to transform the way the subject of English is taught at key stage three in UK classrooms.

Our programme is built on four pedagogical pillars that drive student progress. Each pillar is rooted in the latest cognitive and educational research which together form our approach.

A knowledge-rich English curriculum

Our curriculum provides teachers with the resources to help students master the ideas, concepts and stories that have shaped the world.

Dedicated teaching of grammar

Teachers deliver a dedicated grammar strand where students master compositional knowledge and skills.

Explicit vocabulary instruction

Teachers are supported to teach a wealth of rich vocabulary that will close the word – and attainment – gap for students.

Assessing for Mastery

English teachers are united as a community to celebrate, compare and review student work to unlock the incredible potential of school assessment.

Crucial to the success of the programme is the scholarly community of teachers we are privileged to work with. The curriculum comes alive in the classroom as subject experts engage with the lessons and adapt them to the needs of their students.

Our evidence-rich, English-specific training develops teachers’ pedagogical expertise in the four distinct pillars through induction training, support visits, e-learns, co-planning, and assessment training.

An integrated
assessment model

A fully resourced
key stage 3 curriculum

Co-planning guidance

Professional development


The English Mastery programme has four key components:
  • A fully resourced lesson by lesson key stage 3 curriculum helps students of all abilities master the magic of classic stories like Jane Eyre to the comma splice.
  • Subject Mastery CPD that focuses on the texts, ideas and concepts teachers will deliver to their students.
  • Departmental co-planning materials that help teachers adapt the English Mastery lessons to meet the needs of the students in their own classrooms.
  • An integrated assessment model that supports accuracy and promotes responsive teaching.


Our fully-resourced key stage 3 curriculum provides you with a brilliant bedrock for your teaching. Combined with our co-planning and professional development we believe it will transform your teaching.

Curriculum Map

Our Curriculum Map shows the units of work studied throughout the programme. The document details how each unit adds depth and breadth to what has come before, illustrating how the curriculum builds and reviews students’ knowledge and skills as they prepare for GCSE study.

Take a look at our curriculum map.

Sample Lesson

This sample lesson from The Tempest unit of work illustrates the detail and quality of resources our schools receive. This lesson contains a close reading of Caliban’s dream from Act 3 of the play. Teachers are free to adapt and edit the lesson resources to make sure the joy and richness of Shakespeare’s words come alive in their classrooms.

  • Target knowledge is clearly defined at the start of each lesson
  • A lesson guide provides details for each activity in the lesson
  • Suggested models to each question are provided as a tool for assessing students’ understanding and a platform for further discussion
  • A multiple choice question at the end of the lesson allows the teacher to quickly see which students have understood the content of the lesson.

Sample Lesson from The Tempest


This co-planning resource for William Blake’s The Tyger helps teachers to develop their subject knowledge and refine their approach to teaching the poem.

  • The Tyger is a challenging poem and many teachers value the opportunity to refine their own subject knowledge and what to focus on as they deliver the lesson
  • This poem is in a scheme of poetry for Year 7
  • This resource is accompanied with a facilitator edition for English Mastery Ambassadors.

Co-planning resource for The Tyger.

My favourite character is Oliver Twist because he has lots of twists and turns in his journey. It includes chaos, confusion and conflict, but it all turns out well in the end.

Student from Ark Boulton Academy