NCELP Language Hubs

We drive, support, and monitor the work of a national collaborative network of MFL teachers and their schools to raise the standards of language teaching through the development of teaching resources, assessments, and professional development.

There are 18 Specialist Teachers in nine Lead Schools, each working with four local Hub schools (45 schools in total), as well as with a wider network of a further 90 schools linked to the Hubs.



We provide:

  • an extensive range of professional development activities for 45 schools within the Language Hub network;
  • an event open to other local schools in each of the regional hubs (held in the summer term);
  • professional development events beyond the network.

All our professional development is informed by national and international research, particularly in the areas of vocabulary, phonics, grammar, meaningful practice, corrective feedback in interaction, target language use, assessment, and motivation.


Each Hub runs a regular Teacher Research Group. 

Themes include:

  • Systematic phonics;
  • Establishing and consolidating a core vocabulary;
  • Establishing a grammar backbone: segmenting and sequencing;
  • What do pupils know about grammar after primary school;
  • Making opportunities for using grammar and automatisation;
  • Error tolerance and correction;
  • Planning target language use in the classroom;
  • Scheme of work and curriculum design;
  • Assessments; 
  • Differentiation;
  • GCSE subject content.

Language Hub Network

Read more about the nine Language Hubs, including links to the schools involved.

Schools within the Language Hub Network

Link to Lead School private site | Link to Hub School private site