Information about the new self-study course supported by four x 60 minute remote Teach-Meets and final online ‘next steps’ planning session running January & February 2023

NCELP CPD Course: Curriculum Design and the new GCSE

The course consists of five self-study modules available on the NCELP Learning Management System (LMS) on: principles of curriculum design, phonics, vocabulary, grammar, and culture and assessment.

The self study modules are complemented by four 60-minute remote follow up Teach-Meet sessions. These highly practical sessions are led by our experienced Course Leaders, with ‘ask the practitioner’ and resource sharing opportunities.

The course ends with an opportunity to attend an online ‘next steps’ session.

Each module of the course is split into a number of parts.  This allows participants to undertake each module in a number of different sittings.  There are activities included within each part to help strengthen participants’ understanding of the themes, such as reflection questions and ‘hands-on’ tasks.

The Teach-Meets are set up in such a way as to build on participants’ knowledge gained through engagement in the module materials.  We ask participants to engage in the module materials beforehand, so that they can derive maximum benefit from the sessions and engender rich discussions. Therefore, whilst the course is flexible and self-paced, it is recommended that modules are completed on the LMS in line with the following schedule:

Deadlines for module completionOptions A-COption D
Module 1Week beginning 09/01/23Week beginning 9/01/23
Module 2Week beginning 16/01/23Week beginning 23/01/23
Module 3Week beginning 30/01/23Week beginning 06/02/23
Module 4Week beginning 06/02/23Week beginning 13/02/23
Module 5 Week beginning 20/02/23Week beginning 20/02/23

This CPD course is particularly suited to colleagues in leadership positions such as Head of Department, Head of Subject, Trust-wide MFL Lead.

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).

Benefits of self-study + Teach-Meets:

  • Engage in the NCELP CPD course content at a pace to suit you
  • Each module is spilt into a number of parts allowing you to undertake each module in a number of different sittings
  • Take advantage of the 60 minute Teach-Meets to ask experienced practitioners about practical hints and tips for successful implementation of NCELP approaches in the classroom
  • Come together with course completers for an online next steps planning session.

Module Teach-Meets

The optional 60-minute follow up Teach-Meet sessions will take place over Zoom. There are five date options for each module Teach-Meet as listed in the table below.

Teach-MeetOption AOption BOption COption D
Module 1:
Curriculum Design
Mon 9 Jan, 15:45 – 16:45Tues 10 Jan, 16:00 – 17:00Weds 11 Jan, 15: 45 – 16:45Thurs 12 Jan, 16:00 – 17:00
Module 2:
Mon 16 Jan, 15:45 – 16:45Tues 17 Jan, 16:00 – 17:00Weds 18 Jan, 15: 45 – 16:45Thurs 26 Jan, 16:00 – 17:00
Module 3:
Mon 30 Jan, 15:45 – 16:45Tues 31 Jan, 16:00 – 17:00Weds 1 Feb,
15: 45 – 16:45
Thurs 9 Feb, 16:00 – 17:00
Module 4:
Mon 6 Feb, 15:45 – 16:45Tues 7 Feb, 16:00 – 17:00Weds 8 Feb,
15: 45 – 16:45
Thurs 16 Feb, 16:00 – 17:00

Online ‘next steps’ collaborative planning session

At the end of the course we will host an online ‘next-steps’ session providing an opportunity for all teachers that have completed the course to work collaboratively to share ideas on next steps to prepare for the new GCSE as well as develop practice further. We will contact you with details of the online session in February.


We welcome registrants 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 

Registration for the course

This course has now closed for registrations. The pre-registration guidance notes, terms and conditions and our privacy notice is available below for reference.

For registered CPD participants