Blended course: YORKSHIRE SCHOOLS – Towards the new GCSE (Autumn 2022 – Spring 2023)

NCELP (National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy) provides research-informed resources and professional development based on the recommendations of the MFL Pedagogy Review (2016) for the teaching of KS3/4 French, German, and Spanish.

This CPD course equips teachers to enact curriculum developments and develop classroom practice in line with the requirements of the new GCSE, the National Curriculum, and the Ofsted framework. It also brings MFL teachers together to work as part of a highly collaborative network.

Course format: a blended CPD course comprising five self-study modules, complemented by 4, 60-minute remote follow-up Teach-Meet sessions, culminating in an end-of-programme face-to-face ‘next steps’ collaborative planning session. Teachers will come together to share ideas on the next steps to prepare for the new GCSE and develop practice further.

Timeline CPD Focus Dates
Nov Module 1 – Curriculum Design
How to plan a scheme of work for KS3 and KS4

The new GCSE subject content for French, German and Spanish requires that students learn and can readily use key vocabulary, grammar and phonics so that they can understand and produce meaning, writing with increasing accuracy and speaking with increasing fluency. In light of these requirements, this first module sets out the main principles for designing a successful curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
Online Teach-Meet
16:00 -17:00
Nov Module 2 – Phonics
Teaching the sounds of the language at KS3 and KS4

In this session, we focus on research-informed practice for explicitly teaching, consolidating and applying the sound-writing relationship in secondary language learning.
Online Teach-Meet
16:00 -17:00
Dec Module 3 – Vocabulary
The why, what, how well and how much of vocabulary learning in MFL
In this module we address the following questions: ● Why is vocabulary learning so important? ● What does it mean to know a word? ● Which words and how many words should students learn and how do they relate to themes and contexts? ● How can students best learn and retain words?
Online Teach-Meet
16:00 -17:00
Jan Module 4 – Grammar
Making form-meaning connections an essential part of practice

In a time-limited context for learning languages, what kinds of grammar practice are likely to be most effective? In this module, we first present some principles drawn from relevant research. We then consider how to put these principles into practice in the design of classroom activities for French, German and Spanish.
Online Teach-Meet
16:00 -17:00
March Module 5 – Culture & Assessment
Culture and cultural capital in language teaching at KS3 and KS4 & Introduction to NCELP assessments

This module offers a practical and holistic view on language and culture in classroom language teaching, showing how culture combines easily with phonics, vocabulary and grammar teaching, providing students with a strong linguistic and cultural foundation.
The module finishes by looking at an introduction to assessment, as a platform from which participants will then be able to undertake a further optional online self-study module, which builds on this introduction.
Next steps session:
16:00 – 17:30
Huntington School, Huntington Road, York, YO32 9WT

16:00 -17:30
The Laurel Academy, Maple Road, Mexborough, South Yorkshire. S64 9SD

16:00 -17:30
Scalby School, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 6TH

Time T
The Ruth Gorse Academy Trust, Black Bull Street, Leeds, LS10 1HW

For more information please email


Event Details