Free CPD Course: MFL Curriculum Design and Pedagogy for KS3 and GCSE

The call for registrations is now open for our NCELP Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Autumn-Spring Course, and Self-study Courses

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

Autumn-Spring Course

This course is free to attend and will consist of five 2.5 hour remote instructor-led learning sessions each month complemented by online peer and instructor support. Our highly experienced CPD Course Leaders offer expert tuition and guidance throughout the programme and each have proven success with implementing NCELP approaches within their own schools.

Please read the pre-registration guidance notes (which includes the course timetable), terms and conditions for the course and the privacy notice before completing the online registration form, links below.

The deadline for Autumn-Spring registrations:

The recommended deadline for registrations for is midnight on Sunday 2nd October. Applications are still accepted after this date, however, please note that some sessions may then have to be completed as self-study modules. Please get in touch if you have any questions.


Our FREE CPD course offers an unparalleled opportunity for teachers to develop a comprehensive understanding of the 2016 MFL Pedagogy Review recommendations,  providing a springboard for any curriculum and pedagogy development planning in light of the new subject content for GCSE French, German and Spanish.  The course is in line with the:

  • 2016 MFL Pedagogy Review recommendations
  • 2021 Ofsted research review
  • New Subject Content for French, German and Spanish GCSE – for first teaching in 2024 with first exams in summer 2026.

You will be successfully admitted to register for a course if: 

  • You are involved in Modern Foreign Language education (and can cascade course content to MFL colleagues, including to in-service and/or pre-service teachers or trainees). 
  • You are:
    • EITHER working in an eligible school in England (that teaches French and/or German and/or Spanish) – schools that receive public funding from the government are eligible. 
    • OR a state-funded university-based or SCITT-based teacher trainer providing courses to secondary pre-service teachers or trainees in French and/or German and/or Spanish teaching.

This includes:

  • Practising teachers in state schools (any number of teachers can apply from a single school – but numbers may be restricted if demand is very high)
  • Unqualified practising teachers 
  • Secondary school advisors/consultants (employed by a school, an academy trust or a local authority to support state schools) 
  • Teacher trainers 

The course is designed for those new to NCELP approaches, though it would also suit participants who want to develop their understanding further (for example teachers who have already adopted NCELP Schemes of Work).

More information about the Autumn-Spring Course and Registration process is included below.

Registration is also currently open for our Blended Course (self-study with 60-minute module Teach-Meets) and our asynchronous (self-study) version of the course (self-study and available to all).

As an experienced MFL teacher and subject leader, I would wholeheartedly recommend this course. I really liked the fact that it was split into different sessions, allowing for reflection time and space to trial ideas between them. Our facilitator was knowledgeable and perhaps most importantly, an MFL teacher herself. As such, she could give us some great insight into how the NCELP curriculum design had impacted on the progress of her own students. It was refreshing to feel truly inspired by CPD and it has really made me think about my own approach to curriculum as I look towards the new GCSE and the challenges and opportunities it will bring.

Claire Hamner

Malet Lambert School, Hull

Autumn-Spring Course Registration Information

For registered CPD participants