I am in my BA honours year at University. I am conducting research on the effects (social inclusion, cultural awareness and improving self esteem, or not) of exposure to GCSE material as the reading for pleasure and media components of the English Certificate. For example, in one mainstream secondary school, a small group of students with a combination of EAL, BESD and ASD (some linked), researched the historical context of, and watched the video for 'Of Mice and Men'. They had not read the book but developed understanding of context and were able to use this to analyse the plot and characters. In previous years this same school had used alternative, more accessible texts, which were read. Which option is best? Incidentally, ALL students reported that learning about the same material as their peers gave then confidence, made them feel included (the 'same') and encouraged them to discover and analyse other GSCE style material for example, the work of Shakespeare. Notwithstanding the importance of reading and development of vocabulary, how important is it for students to share literary experiences, even if it is the film version? Brief research amongst fellow students and contacts within schools similar to the example stated (similar location, sometimes larger FSM, SEN, EAL) reveals that other schools do not offer the option of Entry Level English Certificate. All students sit GCSE or nothing at all. I welcome any comments or shared experiences which will contribute to my research. Thank you.