You really don't need a secondary for an english pale. As for your racking method, its vital that you don't splash the fermented beer as this will oxidize it. For this reason, using a siphon (auto siphon or just the old school method) is very important, or if you're going to use the tap, attach a hose to it so that it flows into whatever you're transferring it into without splashing. I agree with 3-4 week primary, I wouldn't even consider taking gravity readings before about 2 weeks into fermentation. Give it time and it will clear up plenty, although some haze is normal (especially before you've really nailed down all the processes such as cold crashing).