Image with CPD modules: Curriculum Design, Phonics, Vocabulary, Grammar, Meaningful Practice

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

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for teachers to attend our national programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses.

Our remote CPD courses will take an in-depth look at Modern Foreign Language (MFL) curriculum design and pedagogy, and will run across three terms from January 2022 (Spring and Summer 21/22 and Autumn 22/23). The courses will be free to attend, and we hope to reach ~2,000 teachers over the 2022 calendar year. Applications to attend will remain open until all places across all three terms have been filled.

Each course has five remote sessions and covers phonics, vocabulary, grammar, curriculum design and meaningful practice, with a final self-study module on assessment. The courses are aimed at teachers and schools with no or little prior experience of NCELP, though it would also suit teachers and schools who have already adopted NCELP Scheme of Work and want to develop their understanding further. 

Applications will be limited to one teacher per school (due to our limited capacity), but all schools in England that receive public funding from the government and that teach French and/or German and/or Spanish are eligible. We expect the participants to be Heads of Department or others in a leadership position that enables them to cascade course content to MFL colleagues in their school, trust or region. 

An online self-study version of all modules will be available in Spring 2022 and open to all.

The CPD course will build on all the learning that we have gained working with our network of Hub Schools since December 2018. We are also delighted that 12 Specialist Teachers are continuing with NCELP into our 4th year as Course Leaders, providing the training on courses. They are:

  • Louise Bergon – Archbishop Temple School
  • Joanna Cairns – Archbishop Temple School
  • Joe Fincham – Blatchington Mill School
  • Emma Fletcher – Blatchington Mill School
  • Jane Wood – Cardinal Hume Catholic School
  • Donna Kane – Dartford Grammar School
  • Stuart Williams – Dartford Grammar School
  • Melanie Yates – Presdales School
  • Jenny Hopper – Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School
  • Blanca Román – Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School
  • Tom Megit – St James School
  • Charlotte Webster – St James School

Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, subject to a regional limit so we strongly encourage an early application to guarantee a course place as well as session choice.

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