SKE Lead

Grace Grant

As a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages, my love of teaching is centred in igniting a passion in students for a subject they perhaps have had little experience of, or interest in previously. I feel privileged to be a part of their journey from the outset as they explore the differences and make comparisons with their native language, to manipulating a new language and the opportunities this brings.

I began my teaching career in 2013 at The Farnley Academy, I supported their Ofsted Outstanding inspection in my first term there. I became Curriculum Leader of MFL in February 2015 and became a mentor for Newly Qualified Teachers and trainee teachers within a very inexperienced team.  I have continued to be a trainee teacher, and more recently a Teach First and ECT, mentor throughout my career and thrive on supporting the development of new colleagues.  I was proud to lead the significant increase in results by 23% from their mock exams in my first year as Curriculum Leader. In June 2019, I became a writing examiner for AQA following the introduction of the New GCSE specification and delivered training in marking for writing to colleagues across The Gorse Academies Trust. In November 2021, I joined John Smeaton Academy, new to The Gorse Academies Trust, to become a part of their transition to excellence, something which has presented me with an exciting new challenge and where there has already been significant progress.

Should you take an SKE in French with me, you will be fully supported throughout your entire training journey. Sessions will focus on a range of phonics and vocabulary to support you to begin to create your own resources for use in your teaching practice; preparing you for your ITT experience.

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Programme Structure

The SKE for French consists of a core 8-week module which covers elements of key stages three and four, consisting of the following units (200 hours, 8-week SKE):

Unit 1: Pronunciation, phonics, question words and classroom language

Unit 2: Free time

Unit 3: My studies

Unit 4: Where I live / Shopping

Unit 5: Technology

Unit 6: Holidays/Tourism

Unit 7: Education / Post-16 / Jobs

Unit 8: Family / Future Plans

The 12 – week SKE (250 hours) will include the following topics:

Unit 9: Writing – Using contrasting tenses

Unit 10: Reading

Unit 11: Listening

Unit 12: Speaking

Delivery and Assessment

Most of the learning is completed independently; you will be guided to access high quality resources by your subject lead. Subject leads are experts in their field and have an up to date working knowledge of both the National Curriculum and the exam rubric for GCSE and A-level examinations. Following each assessment, you will receive high quality feedback identifying your areas of strength and the next steps that you can take to improve.

The course is designed to enable you to work at your own pace, and weekly assessments allow you to demonstrate your progress across the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. Tutorials will have dedicated time to practice speaking in a friendly, supportive environment.

Fortnightly assessments will cover a range of skills with tasks that reflect the demands of the GCSE. At the end of the 8-week course, a longer, more robust assessment will be undertaken, which will include a speaking exam with your subject lead.

“ I really valued the regular feedback allowing me to know where I could improve and where I was already strong, this helped me develop as a teacher. ”


Module 1

GCSE Content

  • KS2 & 3 curriculum content and vocabulary
  • Classroom language
  • Pronunciation
  • Question words


Gender, articles, pronouns, formal and informal modes of address, the imperative

Module 2

GCSE Content

Free time – music, cinema, TV, food & drink, sport & hobbies


  • Present tense regular and irregular verbs
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs

Module 3

GCSE Content

My studies and life at school


  • Time
  • The imperfect tense
  • Conjunctions

Module 4

GCSE Content

  • Where I live
  • Shopping


  • ll y a / il n’y a pas
  • Negative clauses
  • Demonstrative adjectives
  • Prepositions

Module 5

GCSE Content



Opinions, quantifiers and intensifiers

Module 6

GCSE Content

Holidays / Tourism


  • The perfect tense
  • Comparatives
  • Superlatives

Module 7

GCSE Content

Education post 16


  • Immediate future tense
  • Pluperfect
  • il y a (ago)

Module 8

GCSE Content

Jobs, careers ambitions


  • Simple future tense
  • Conditional tense

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