NCELP Schemes of Work are proposed as examples of how language knowledge and practice can be sequenced and re-visited systematically to support progression in the early stages of language development within a low exposure foreign language setting. The principles and processes that informed the SOW are described in this Rationale, Scope, and Key Principles document. Further insights into the SOW are available in this SOW Audio Presentation.

The NCELP SOW are in line with: (a) the Review of MFL Pedagogy, a report published by the Teaching Schools Council, which drew on research into foreign language learning and teaching and on the knowledge and experience of a wide range of experienced practitioners; (b) Ofsted’s current aspirations for curriculum intent, implementation, and impact; and c) preparing a solid foundation for GCSE content and examinations, which builds on the core grammar and vocabulary outlined in the programmes of study for Key Stages 2 and 3.

Why teach the NCELP Key Stage 3 Languages Schemes of Work in your school?

Year 7 SOW

Detailed SOW are now available for all of Year 7 and they include url links to all of the lesson resources which have now been trialled in several NCELP schools. Please note that homework sheets and their audio files are currently being updated and will be ready by mid-September. 

We also provide SOW overviews for the whole of Year 7:

NCELP is fully resourcing its SOW. The easiest way to locate resources is in the SOW collections:

Within each folder, select Download All (bottom left) to save all resources.

We are also providing 50-page language guides to accompany the NCELP Y7 schemes of work. These provide succinct grammar explanations, vocabulary lists, and a phonics guide to support students’ independent learning for the whole of Y7. They also include QR codes on each page to link to each week’s vocabulary learning on Quizlet. 


Year 8 SOW

The Year 8 schemes of work outlines the vocabulary, grammar, and ‘sounds of the language’ that are planned for the year. Please note that this is a draft and is subject to change in the process of developing the resources to accompany it. 

We also have overviews for the whole of Year 8. These two-page documents summarise the key specifications of the Year 8 scheme of work for each language. 

We will upload updated SOW for each term after they have been taught in project schools that are providing us with feedback and quality assurance. The resources for Year 8 will be uploaded weekly, a few weeks ahead of teaching. The easiest way to locate resources is in the SOW collections:

Within each folder, select Download All (bottom left) to save all resources.

Language guides for Year 8, Term 1 are available:


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – NCELP materials

We know that teachers are all working very hard to manage the impact on pupils and schools in these difficult times. We have made some updates to the Resource Portal to reflect the change in practice arising from school closure, under a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) banner: