The GCHQ National Language Competition 2024

Published: 29/04/2024, 12:00pm

We are pleased to confirm the date of the 2024 GCHQ National Language Competition, which will run from Monday 18th November - Friday 22nd November.

The National Language Competition (NLC) is a virtual competition where teams from schools around the UK compete against each other to solve language-based puzzles and score points. The overall winners are then invited to GCHQ’s headquarters in Cheltenham to receive their trophy!

With the NLC, GCHQ aims to inspire language learning by encouraging students to discover their aptitude for learning languages. Some sample challenges are provided below- why not encourage your pupils to have a go?

Teachers can register their interest in the NLC 2024 by contacting [email protected]

Please contact us on [email protected] if you have any other issues or queries.

Upcoming events hosted by the British Council

Published: 19/01/2024, 12:45pm

Check out upcoming events hosted by the British Council.

International Education Week - Languages

Published: 14/11/2023, 11:30am

This is International Education Week. Please check out all the resources available from the British Council.

The Languages Gateway

Published: 08/11/2023, 2:30pm

A very useful source for resources and information for languages has recently been launched - The Languages Gateway.

The GCHQ National Language Competition 2023

Published: 05/10/2023, 3:00pm

GCHQ, one of the UK’s intelligence agencies, is running a National Language Competition from 6th-10th November aimed at pupils in Year 9 in England and Wales, Year 10 in Northern Ireland, and S3 in Scotland.

Schools can enter multiple teams of up to four pupils to take part. Over the course of five days, the teams will score points by tackling a variety of fun, immersive, language-themed challenges of varying difficulty levels hosted on a virtual platform.

All pupils will be able to take part, no prior knowledge is required, only a keenness for languages.

The winning team with the most points at the end of the competition will be invited to GCHQ’s Headquarters in Cheltenham and will be presented with their trophy!

Spanish resources available from the Consejería

Published: 18/08/2022, 12:30am

The following resources are now available from the Consejería.

They are also on Twitter! @consejeriauk

Forthcoming training activities from September to December

CPD Opportunities for teachers of Spanish: The Consejería continue to offer excellent professional development opportunities for teachers of Spanish in different formats: online, face-to-face, immersion opportunities in Spain.

Immersion opportunities in Spain: After the opportunities offered to British teachers to follow a course in a Spanish city (Valladolid, Segovia, Burgos, Palencia, León) during the school holidays, in this academic year 2022/2023 there will be new grants offered by the Junta de Castilla y León in different cities in Spain!



NICILT has created a summer challenge activity booklet for pupils in years 8 & 9 studying French, German, Irish and Spanish

Published: 16/06/2022, 9:00am

CCEA Education Team (Languages) would like to inform you that this year, NICILT has created a summer challenge activity booklet for pupils in years 8 & 9 studying French, German, Irish and Spanish

NICILT Teacher Professional Learning Webinars with Joe Dale

Published: 05/01/2021, 4:55pm

CCEA Education Team (Languages) would like to inform languages teachers of three twilight professional learning webinars offered by NICILT in collaboration with Joe Dale:

Quizzing tools and retrieval practice in MFL
Monday 11th January, 8pm – 9pm:

Hybrid teaching for Roomies and Zoomies
Monday 18th January, 8pm – 9pm:

Harnessing the power of Bitmojis and Jamboard to engage learners in and out of the MFL classroom
Monday 25th January, 8pm – 9pm

GCSE Modern Languages – Changes to the GCSE Specification from Summer 2020

Published: 05/02/2020, 11:00am

Please note the circular S/IF/54/19 issued in September 2019 setting out changes to the GCSE Specification from Summer 2020