Recent CPD sessions

Better Bilingual INSET feedback – January 2019

Title: Understanding the needs and enhancing the learning of learners with English as an additional language with a focus on learners in the earlier stages of English language development.

Date delivered: 08.01.2019 by Yasmin

School: Primary in Bristol

CPD evaluations:

“Thanks again, staff have given really good feedback to me over lunch and they are currently making some really nice resources” – Inclusion Leader

Most useful part of the training:

  • “the practical tips and guidance, backed by research- great delivery. I will be using the Bell Assessment Framework to assess two children” – Y2 Teacher
  • “everything about encouraging home language and very informative. A short term change I will make is putting in practice lots of the strategies provided” – Y5 Teacher
  • “the talk-based activities that are easy to implement on a regular basis. A short term change I will make is to set targets for my two NA children.  Good pace, very knowledge – range of knowledge/practical activities” – Y2 Teacher
  • “use identity bubbles and Cummin’s quadrant” – Y6 Teacher


Feedback showed that the most important aspects were relationships/families, languages and places.  Participants then reflected on how we recognise and value these aspects of our learners’ identities. 



Better Bilingual CPD Feedback from ‘Assessing the diverse needs of Pupils  with English as an Additional Language (EAL)  for the DfE Census & Beyond: through Initial Assessment using an Appropriate EAL Assessment Framework.’

  • In large primary school
  • Growing numbers of EAL learners across the EAL English language proficiency scales
  • Led by Yasmin, with Phase Leaders
  • 100% ‘Excellent’ evaluations

General Comments

“Thank you for sharing all your expertise.  I look forward to sharing with my phase.” (Upper KS2 Phase Leader)

“Really helpful guidance in embedding EAL in all aspects of planning.” (Lower KS2 Phase Leader)

“Very clear and relevant. Assessment procedures useful and expert advice about EAL.”





Better Bilingual CPD Feedback from an ‘Introduction to EAL Assessment’ staff meeting

  • Inner-city Bristol Primary School
  • 70+ % EAL pupils
  • Oct 2018
  • Led by Catherine
  • 100% ‘Excellent’ evaluations

General comments

“Really useful.” (Year 2 Class Teacher)

“Very clear and informative.” (Year 5 Class Teacher & Maths Lead)

“Excellent, thank you!” (Year 6 Class Teacher)

“Thank you so much – it was just what we needed.” (Inclusion Lead/SLT)

“This awareness is key to any context in England.” (Head Teacher)

Most useful aspects?

“Definition of first language and understanding of the English language proficiency codes.” (EYFS Class Teacher & Middle Leader for Language & Vocabulary/EAL)

“Chance to explore the Bell Foundation’s EAL Assessment Framework.” (Deputy Head)

“Looking at the different terminology used and the specific definitions.” (Y5 PGCE Student)


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