During this time it’s key that teachers have effective ways to set work for those students who are absent, whilst at the same time planning for and teaching those in front of them.

Lesson resources

Teachers who are already using the NCELP Schemes of Work may find that the NCELP lessons recorded on Oak National Academy may be an invaluable resource. These can be used flexibly:

  • by individual students isolating at home
  • as cover lessons, led by a cover supervisor from the front, or
  • students may access them independently in a computer room or on ipads /phones with headphones in a classroom situation.

You can now access the following directly from the resource page of each full lesson resource on the NCELP Resource Portal:

Example: French SOW Y7 Term 1.1 Week 5 – full lesson – SSC [é, -er, -ez] – ÊTRE v AVOIR


The full-lesson resources include answer slides to enable students to correct their own work.  These typically follow directly from the task slides.

Students may need specific messaging to guide them to complete tasks before checking answers! It is worth remembering, however, that the self-marking facility on most online platforms can also easily be circumvented by resourceful students looking to short-cut the system!  Teaching our students to work through the resources responsibly will undoubtedly be part of the process of readying them for remote learning.


Making extended use of Quizlet is one obvious way to boost vocabulary retention and revisiting during periods of school/class closure.  The NCELP SOW set out to revisit vocabulary sets systematically 3 and 9 weeks after they are first introduced.  If teachers find that they have additional revisiting time, they could consider adding in an additional vocabulary revision slot, either weekly or fortnightly.

Self-access lessons

In addition, teachers might find it useful to build in some self-access tasks that revisit prior phonics, vocabulary and grammar learning from a particular week. The sample self-access lesson provided here is a suggestion for how this might look.  It was originally conceived as a cover and/or revision lesson to accompany the NCELP resources, but its layout and instructions make it appropriate for remote learning. There is an answer sheet for self-marking, too.

We are also providing language guides to accompany the NCELP schemes of work. These provide succinct grammar explanations, vocabulary lists, and a phonics guide to support students’ independent learning for the whole of Y7 and Y8 and the first term of Y9. They also include QR codes on each page to link to each week’s vocabulary learning on Quizlet. 

Gaming Grammar

Gaming Grammar is a digital game designed to support foreign language grammar teaching and learning. Gaming Grammar makes grammar practice engaging and motivating, through a suite of spy mission mini-games practising a range of grammar features in French, Spanish, and German. To complete a mission successfully, the player must crack the code by learning how to understand the grammar features.

Teachers not currently in an NCELP hub

Any teachers not currently using the NCELP schemes of work might find it useful to direct students to particular NCELP resources to complement their existing SOW, in particular to individual phonics and/or grammar resources.

The easiest way to locate these is to download the excel SOW documents (direct links available from our  Schemes of Work web page), go to the Resources tab, and select a particular SSC (Sound-spelling correspondence) and/or grammar feature, and send the link out to students.

We are aware of a groundswell of interest in NCELP: many schools are teaching the NCELP SOW to Y7 classes in 2020-21 and there is a demand for teacher CPD.  As a result, we have put together a series of self-access NCELP CPD sessions, for any teachers interested to learn more about the pedagogy.

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