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Language-Driven Pedagogy

Understanding, improving and promoting language learning.

Building on the success of England’s first MFL Centre for Excellence, the continued partnership between The University of York and The Cam Academy Trust seeks to sustain our approach of strong partnership between academic research and teaching practice for translating educational research into effective classroom practice.

We provide a comprehensive programme of CPD showing how the recommendations from the MFL Pedagogy Review (2016) can be operationalised through a language-led, knowledge-rich and practice-based curriculum, whereby the three language knowledge strands: phonics, vocabulary and grammar underpin the development of confident communication, cultural understanding and creative use of language.  

  • Aligned with the MFL Pedagogy Review are both the new subject content for GCSE French, German and Spanish and the Ofsted languages research review
  • An extensive suite of freely available classroom resources accompany our CPD, in the form of schemes of work and lesson materials for French, German and Spanish at KS2, KS3 and KS4

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Resource Portal

The LDP Resource Portal is an open and searchable database of materials supporting language learning and teaching. It holds classroom materials as well as resources detailing the underlying research-based principles.

The resources are informed by peer-reviewed research, fully align with the new Ofsted framework, the new GCSE Subject Content and draw on the recommendations of the Modern Foreign Languages Pedagogy Review

As of May 2024, our resources have been downloaded 686,628 times

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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. Head of Department, Malet Lambert School, Hull.

NCELP Evaluation Report 

March 2023

The National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy was established in December 2018. By March 2023, it had accomplished an extensive range of activities, working closely with teachers, researchers, teacher educators and many other stakeholders in languages education communities in England.

This final report provides an in-depth account and evaluation of NCELP’s endeavours during this period.

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As I write, our French assistant is sitting with six Year 7s, speaking only French and asking them questions...they are quite simply amazing! She is bowled over. They are coping better than many year 11 students even could - honestly! The students literally have nothing (no prompts or anything) in front of them - they didn't even know the assistant was coming until this morning - a little surprise for them.
Real communication and interaction happening as they talk.

 Jane Wood, Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Gateshead. 9 June 2023

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