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GCSE subject content review consultation

In November 2019, the Department for Education announced that it was convening an expert panel to consider potential changes to the subject content for French, German and Spanish MFL GCSEs. The panel made its final recommendations which were reflected in the revised subject content document

The Department for Education (DfE) sought views on the changes that have been made in a public consultation, which has now closed. Responses to government consultations are normally published about 12 weeks after they close, but we expect that the DfE will wait until schools resume after the summer holidays. We therefore imagine that a response might be published in mid- to late-September. 

Interested in knowing about the vocabulary used in current GCSE exams and current word lists? 

See our powerpoint full of information: ‘Lexical content:  selection, teaching, learning, and testing

Those slides also contain information about how many words it might be possible to learn in the time available. AND …. if you have ever wondered ‘do high frequency words change much if you use a different corpus?’, you can see evidence addressing that question in these slides too!

How NCELP resources can support the revised GCSE subject content

For information about how NCELP resources could support the kind of GCSE as proposed in the revised subject content, you can review our Teacher Research Group materials for self-access professional development on the subject content consultation. This includes:

A 60-minute screencast and guided reading task that explains the purpose of the GCSE subject content document, compares the current subject content (2015) and revised 2021 subject content documentation, and draws out the implications thereof for teaching and assessment.

Comparison of the current and revised GCSE content (completed table and further analysis) pinpointing the main differences and elements of continuity.

Draft GCSE subject content and NCELP Schemes of Work outlines key features of the revised content, how NCELP resources and rationales align with those features and also details the research that underpins and supports both NCELP’s work and the GCSE subject content.

Updated: 5.7.21

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