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 news, programmes & events

Expand the headings below for details of current and upcoming NCELP programmes and events.

Summer Briefings on the new GCSE Subject Content: 4th May - 13th July 2022

Understanding the new subject content for GCSE French, German and Spanish

Format: online

Timings: 3:30 - 4:.30pm and 4:00 - 5:00pm

Dates: 4th May 2022 to 13th July 2022

Audience: MFL Heads of Department, Subject Leaders or MFL teachers.

Cost: free

On 14 January, the Department for Education confirmed changes to the French, German and Spanish GCSEs, in line with the 2016 MFL Pedagogy Review recommendations and 2021 Ofsted research review. The revised GCSEs are for first teaching from September 2024, with first exams in summer 2026.

Outline

This FREE online event will develop understanding of the GCSE changes and draw out their implications for teaching and assessment, answering key questions and providing a springboard for any curriculum and pedagogy development planning. This briefing will offer an invaluable opportunity for teachers to engage in relevant discussions and return to school with practical knowledge to guide their next steps.

Description

Attendees will be provided with a detailed overview of the new subject content for GCSE French, German and Spanish.

The foci for the session will be:

  • the background and rationale for the changes
  • the main similarities and differences between the current (2015) and the new (2022) GCSE Subject Content documents
  • the implications for teaching and assessment
  • answers to key questions to inform curriculum development planning going forward

Booking information

For a full list of dates and to register visit our GCSE Briefings Event page.

If you have any questions, please contact enquiries@ncelp.org.

CPD Course: MFL Curriculum Design & Pedagogy for KS3 & GCSE - apply by 4 Sept 2022

Research-informed French, German & Spanish teaching at KS3 & KS4 for higher uptake and greater success at GCSE

Our FREE CPD course offers an unparalleled opportunity for teachers to develop a comprehensive understanding of the 2016 MFL Pedagogy Review recommendations, providing a springboard for any curriculum and pedagogy development planning in light of the new subject content for GCSE French, German and Spanish.

Applications are currently open for the Autumn Term Courses

These courses will be in the weeks commencing 12th and 19th 19 September 2022

The course is in line with the:

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

The course consists of five 2.5-hour remote learning sessions over one term complemented by online peer and instructor support. Our highly experienced CPD Course Leaders offer expert tuition and guidance throughout the programme and each have proven success with implementing NCELP approaches within their own schools.

The course is designed for those new to NCELP approaches, though it would also suit participants who want to develop their understanding further (for example teachers who have already adopted NCELP Schemes of Work).

Application Information

To find out more about the course including application information please click here.

The application deadline for this course is 4 September 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact enquiries@ncelp.org.

As an experienced MFL teacher and subject leader, I would wholeheartedly recommend this course. Our facilitator was knowledgeable and perhaps most importantly, an MFL teacher herself, she could give us some great insight into how the NCELP curriculum design had impacted on the progress of her own students. It was refreshing to feel truly inspired by CPD and it has really made me think about my own approach to curriculum as I look towards the new GCSE and the challenges and opportunities it will bring.’ - Claire Hamner, Malet Lambert School, Hull

Self-Study CPD Course: MFL Curriculum Design & Pedagogy for KS3 & GCSE - apply by 2 Oct 2022

Research-informed French, German & Spanish teaching at KS3 & KS4 for higher uptake and greater success at GCSE

This free asynchronous version of our CPD course takes an in-depth look at KS3/4 MFL currriculum design and pedagogy and has been developed for participants who wish to work flexibly through the modules at a personalised pace and for those who are not eligible to participate in our synchronous course. The course includes five 2.5hr modules of recorded content and learning activities.

The course is in line with the:

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

Application Information

To find out more about the course including application information please click here.

The application deadline for this course is 2 October 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact enquiries@ncelp.org.


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