Eduqas is using the NCELP word lists to create their new suite of GCSEs in French, German and Spanish.

Commenting on the new partnership, Kirsten Wilcock, Head of Languages at Eduqas, said:

“It has been a wonderful experience for Eduqas to work with NCELP’s vocabulary lists for our revised suite of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) GCSEs, and to benefit from their development work with teachers and researchers.

‘In line with the requirements of the new Subject Content, and following our discussions with NCELP colleagues and with practitioners delivering our current GCSE specifications, we have streamlined content and assessment, making our reformed GCSE qualifications more accessible and engaging for learners. We have suggested broad themes to aid the teaching of vocabulary and grammar, and we will be releasing an interactive vocabulary resource for teachers to allow them to filter the lists by word class, tier, and broad themes.

‘We are excited by the fresh approach to teaching languages that this new suite of qualifications will offer, putting at the heart of the learner’s experience the core vocabulary needed to use language in a wide range of contexts, and building proficiency via a carefully sequenced, incremental, and engaging curriculum. We are delighted that NCELP’s free digital teaching materials will be widely available to substantially complement Eduqas’ provision of resources. Using the same word list means that the NCELP resources are fully aligned to support teachers in delivering Eduqas’ MFL GCSEs.”

The reformed GCSE qualifications will be submitted to Ofqual for accreditation for teaching from 2024, with first assessment in 2026.

Also commenting on the partnership, Prof. Emma Marsden, NCELP Director, said:

“Colleagues at NCELP are delighted that the word lists that Eduqas will use to create their new GCSE MFL exams are the word lists behind NCELP’s KS3 and KS4 resources! 

‘The language teams have really enjoyed working with Eduqas on finalising the lists, to help ensure that they are engaging and useful for students and teachers. 

‘The NCELP Schemes of Work, lesson powerpoints, homeworks, and language guides are all created using the NCELP word lists. 

‘This means that KS3 students who are already using NCELP resources can be confident that the language they are learning now is preparing them for a GCSE exam.”

To support teachers in the delivery of the reformed qualifications, Eduqas will publish guidance materials and will deliver a programme of free professional learning events. In addition, teachers can also benefit from free CPD from NCELP, introducing teachers to the rationale behind the new GCSE and the resources to support classroom and home learning.

Because Eduqas’ GCSEs will use the very same word lists as NCELP, this makes all of NCELP’s free resources highly relevant for teaching students who would take the Eduqas examinations, as all the NCELP resources are carefully designed to use and revisit the words on these word lists.

The 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 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 the new GCSE content and examinations (first teaching September 2024), which builds on the core grammar and vocabulary outlined in the programmes of study for Key Stages 2 and 3.

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KS4 Schemes of Work

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