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

The call for applications is now open for Autumn Term NCELP Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses.

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

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 courses run across the three terms in the 2022 calendar year. 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.

The course is free to attend and will consist of five 2.5 hour remote learning sessions over one term 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.

Applications are currently open for the Autumn Term Courses beginning in week commencing 12 and 19 September 2022.

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.

For Autumn term 2022, 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).

We also have an asynchronous version of the course which is available to all.

Applicants should download and read the pre-application guidance notes, terms and conditions for the course and the privacy notice before completing the online application form, links below.

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

The deadline for Autumn Term applications is midnight on Sunday 4 September 2022.