WHO ARE WE?
Now in our fifth year of collaborating with schools, settings and other partners, Better Bilingual officially became a social enterprise – a community interest company (CIC) – in September 2020; we are proud members of Social Enterprise UK and Voscur, who provide excellent business support.
Working for the benefit of children and young people with English as an Additional Language – and their families – has always been our mission. As Better Bilingual CIC, we plan to expand our education consultancy work and to re-focus our efforts on our local city of Bristol (and around), reinvesting all profits to benefit the community we serve.
A huge thank you to everyone who’s collaborated with us on our journey so far; we look forward to working with you and new collaborators in the future. We encourage you to contact our Director, Catherine Brennan, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to discuss partnership working.
meet the team
Catherine’s latest article for Across Cultures – ‘The Language of Online English’ The ‘new normal’ will continue to include remote learning. Read Catherine’s tips for how to make lessons more accessible for learners with EAL… To mute or unmute? To reply to one or everyone? To use gallery or speaker view? Like it Read more about How fluent are your pupils in the language of ‘online English’?[…]
Valuing Multilingualism at Gardners Lane Primary School (GLPS), Cheltenham At Gardners Lane there are 275 children on roll. 88 pupils (or 32%) are learning through EAL (English as an Additional Language). 24 languages, including English, are spoken by the children and families of the GLPS community; Bengali, Polish, Romanian and Portuguese are the minority languages Read more about ‘Language of the Term’ – one school’s experience[…]
As I write this, it is Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18-24 May) in the UK, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, with World Wellbeing Week fast approaching on 22-26 June 2020. During these strange COVID-19 times, my thoughts are turning to the power of nature to lift spirits, lighten moods and provide a positive focus Read more about Home learning during school closures: A minibeasts project for primary pupils[…]
New-to-English secondary pupils – from learning in class to learning at home Kindly contributed by our guest author: Caroline Scott – Director, Across Cultures – June 2020 This upsetting case is highlighted by Kamil Trzebiatowski, former EAL Co-ordinator in a large secondary school in the UK. It’s a common story in many schools, where it’s Read more about GUEST BLOG – Caroline Scott – Director, Across Cultures[…]
Over in Cheltenham, Stephen has been busy in his school role as EAL Lead – setting up the fantastic Young Interpreters Scheme at Gardners Lane Primary School, Cheltenham This continues the school’s excellent work in valuing and promoting languages other than English in a school in which 33% of the pupils are from BAME Read more about Young Interpreters Scheme[…]
Funding for pupils with English as an additional language Ref: ‘Schools revenue funding 2019 to 2020’ Delegated funding Local authority funding formula factors for 2019 to 2020 (page 11) English as an additional language (EAL) An optional factor ‘Pupils identified in the October census with a first language other than English may attract funding for Read more about Funding for pupils with English as an additional language – latest update[…]
South West RIG Meeting on Thursday 29th April 2019 from 14:00 – 16:00 at the University of Bath There was a great turnout for the South West EAL NALDIC RIG convened by Gail Forey at the University of Bath in collaboration with Better Bilingual. The meeting began by a presentation by Prof Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen, Read more about South West RIG Meeting[…]
On 28th February 2019 Yasmin delivered, in collaboration with BPTSA (Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance), CPD on Maths and EAL. The focus was on exploring effective techniques on supporting learners to access the language of Maths. “The strategies shared and understanding the progress required by EAL were the most useful elements. I will be using Read more about Yasmin’s latest session[…]
Better Bilingual was delighted to be invited to deliver workshops at the Firm Foundation Conference Joining the Dots on Saturday 16th March 2019. The workshops were really well received with a great group of practitioners attending the workshops. It was clear that that there was a wide range of experiences reflected in the room for Read more about Firm Foundations Joining the Dots Conference – EYFS & EAL Workshop[…]
Better Bilingual EAL Network meeting (BANES) was held on 5th March at St Philip’s C of E Primary School Alice Herve from ‘Bath Welcomes Refugees’ spoke about her work with refugee families including organising tuition for the children. Yasmin Malik highlighted the ‘Young interpreters Scheme’ providing peer to peer support. Jo Childs-Evans shared EAL good Read more about EAL Network meeting BANES, March 2019[…]