National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy

The National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy (NCELP) was set up in December 2018. We work in partnership with university researchers, teacher educators and expert practitioners, and Specialist Teachers in Leading Schools across the country, to improve language curriculum design and pedagogy, leading to a higher take up and greater success at GCSE.

We are funded by the Department for Education and co-directed by The University of York and The Cam Academy Trust.

Our substantial package of support includes professional development tools, teaching resources, and workshops, and takes forward the recommendations made in the Teaching Schools Council’s Modern Foreign Languages Pedagogy Review led by headteacher and linguist Ian Bauckham, and ensures they are achievable and effective in schools. All of our work is in line with the new GCSEs in French, German and Spanish.

Our work is to:

  • Connect classroom practice and research
  • Develop pedagogy, with resources to deliver it
  • Improve intrinsic motivation and increase GCSE uptake

Find out more about the NCELP:

NCELP programmes & events

Themed Teach-Meets: October-December 2022

Format: online

Dates/Timings: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3.45-4.45pm

Audience: this session is aimed at teachers who have done our CPD course or have experience of using our Schemes of Work

Cost: free

These sessions offer an input led by our current Course Leaders, on a spotlight theme of Curriculum Design, Phonics, Vocabulary or Grammar coupled with an ‘ask the practitioner’ opportunity. Drawing on their knowledge as expert practitioners of the NCELP SOW, the session leaders will also share plenty of examples of the resources they use in their everyday teaching.

For more information visit

Download the Teach-Meets flyer here.

Free self-study CPD course: MFL Curriculum Design and Pedagogy for KS3 and GCSE

This free online course is in line with the:

  1. 2016 MFL Pedagogy Review recommendations
  2. 2021 Ofsted research review
  3. New Subject Content  for French, German and Spanish GCSE – for first teaching in 2024 with first exams in summer 2026

For more information visit

Download the course flyer here.

Full listing of NCELP events and courses

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