Rishworth School International Study Stream

Rishworth School International Study Stream

This information is best understood with reference to Rishworth School's Prospectus, Handbooks and Coursebooks (all available on request from the School)

What is ISS?

When students arrive at Rishworth School their English is assessed to see whether they have the correct level for the academic studies they are about to embark upon.  If they don’t we support them with extra English as a Foreign Language (EFL) within the ISS. This means that our students effectively have an additional year to do their courses of study and means that they can stay in the same year group as their peers rather than be ‘put back’ a year.

Within the ISS, students sometimes need to take an extra general course of EFL at either a pre-intermediate or intermediate level.   These courses are taken either during study periods (Sixth Form) or in a study block instead of a GCSE option (Years 10 and 11).   The courses also include academic English for reading, writing and study skills.

Students sometimes also need extra support in academic subjects, particularly those that they have not studied before they joined Rishworth.  A specific course is available for GCSE students throughout Years 10 and 11 to support them in their choice subjects.  Subject led courses are also held for Year 12 in Economics, Psychology, Business Studies and Physics.

ISS lessons are in small groups and continue throughout the school year within timetable and, because this is the curriculum that we need to provide for these students, is not normally charged for as extra.


Aims and approach for Years 10, 11 & 12

ISS Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate


These courses aim to develop learners’ language and skills in preparation for the general course of study.  The general English course includes practising and using the four main language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, as well as studying grammar and pronunciation. The course is taught through different learning activities during lessons. In addition to textbooks, we include language games, grammar games, quizzes, songs, films and documentaries. Students work individually, in pairs and groups. 

In Academic English, the focus is on the reading and writing skills that students need to succeed in their academic subjects. 

Aims and approach for Year 10 & 11

ISS+ Curriculum Support


End of Unit Tests and internal exams
Examination Board:
Not applicable
Main Course Book:
Subject Vocabulary Workbooks
Subject Revision Guides
Subject Past Exam Papers
Subject text books
Class Readers:
Those studied in mainstream EFL
Other resources:
GCSE Subject course books
GCSE subject Revision Guides
Staff teaching:
Mrs K James

This course specifically helps the weaker academic students whose first language is not English.  They take a reduced course of study to follow this support course run by the EFL department.  The course concentrates on the subjects that the students are taking at the time and also supports the EFL being taught at the same time.

The six lessons a fortnight are split as follows:

  1. Subject Vocabulary – Subject Vocabulary resource books are used as an invaluable resource allowing students to learn the key vocabulary needed in their GCSE subjects through repetition of the word through many different types of tasks.  Dictionary skills are taught and encouraged as well as spelling rules.

  2. Power-point presentations – students choose an area within one of their subjects each fortnight and present it to the rest of the class.  This builds confidence in their oral skills and strengthens knowledge of the area.  The presentation is sent to the subject teacher.

  3. Fact-File lessons – the students read and complete an Oxford Fact-File once a fortnight of their own choice.  They are encouraged to choose subjects which relate to their subject choices.  They present the tasks neatly through comprehension tasks as well as extended activities where further knowledge through research is required.  Both reading and writing skills are strengthened by doing so.

  4. Study skills are explored and practiced.  For example, the use of a monolingual dictionary and bilingual dictionary; using the library and EFL Resource Centre; self-study; revision techniques and different methods of learning vocabulary.  In the Second term Past Papers and marking schemes are studied, completed and reviewed.

  5. Readers – the EFL class reader is supported in different ways.  For example, by open reading and pronunciation work; through extended comprehension work; further study of the author and extended discussions.

  6. Grammar support – the EFL grammar work is supported with further study and exploration where required.


Aims and approach for Year 12

ISS+ Curriculum Support


End of Unit Tests and internal exams
Main Course Books:
Subject specific course books
Subject specific revision books
Other resources:
Staff teaching:
Mrs J Roe


Subjects covered:

Economics, Physics, Business Studies and Psychology

We work with subject teachers and our lessons follow the same units of study as students’ subjects.  This support includes helping students to understand subject content and the functional English required to apply their knowledge.  For example, we teach students how to write short and long answers to exam questions, and also how to summarise text and identify the key points. We use subject textbooks, revision guides, academic English grammar books, EFL CLIL resources and internet resources.

Homework is given after each lesson. It is vital that students complete this in order to make progress in the following lesson.

Students with a low level of English know that if they want to make the most of their lessons and succeed in AS levels, they need to do more self-study than students with a higher level of English. Activities often include learning essential vocabulary and writing answers to practice questions.

The lessons include the following:

Course book

Various Subject textbooks, for example, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Psychology and Economics


Minimum of 4 a fortnight required within timetable


Reading about the topic is essential if students want to follow their subject lessons


After every lesson. The amount and tasks will varyThese provide evidence of learning subject content


Every 2 weeks, with comprehensive written notes


Students decide what they need to focus on, with help from the teacher





previous   next