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My First NALDIC Conference – Catherine Brennan

Even as a regular visitor from Bristol, the excitement of a trip to ‘the Big Smoke’ surprises me every time; on Saturday 18th November, there was a further feeling of anticipation as I ventured to my first ever NALDIC conference at Kings College, London. I was not alone, however. Always keen to spend time with Read more about My First NALDIC Conference – Catherine Brennan[…]

Learning Village

Learning Village – online EAL resources for learners aged 6-14 years old Better Bilingual is currently working in partnership with several primary and secondary schools in Bristol and North Somerset to pilot and support with the implementation of  ‘The Learning Village’ This  comprehensive online English language resource has been developed by author /director Caroline Scott Read more about Learning Village[…]

Benefits of using First Language to support learning

Benefits of using First Language (L1) to support learning “The use of the first language does much to maintain confidence and self-esteem because it is a signal that the classroom includes the child.  It says: ‘We accept your language and – by implication – your family, your ethnicity and your culture.’” (Learning to Learn in Read more about Benefits of using First Language to support learning[…]

Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS)

Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) – January 2018 Here is the latest information about a specific funding source for children of families relocating under the government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme….. In addition to money provided for local authorities through the Schools Block units of funding as an EAL factor, designed to support EAL Read more about Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS)[…]

World Day for Cultural Diversity – 21st May

Did you know that… 21st May 2018 is ‘World Day for Cultural Diversity’? “The day provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to “live together” better.” “…enhancing our understanding and acceptance of different cultures.” In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in Read more about World Day for Cultural Diversity – 21st May[…]

Black History Month – October 2018

Black History month in October is an opportunity for schools to focus on the achievements and positive contributions of black peoples to world history and UK society. The benefits are for all children: Black heritage pupils can feel proud to hear of people whose contributions have made our world a better place, contributing to positive Read more about Black History Month – October 2018[…]

Model EAL policy for schools

Considering a school EAL policy Most schools will have a number of policies which have relevance to the teaching, learning and well-being of EAL learners. Foremost of these will be the Equality and diversity policy. Schools in the UK have a statutory obligation under the Equality Act (2010) to promote equality of opportunity for pupils Read more about Model EAL policy for schools[…]

Changes to the DfE Census requirement for the assessment of English Language Proficiency

Changes to the DfE Census requirement for the assessment of English Language Proficiency NALDIC’s Position – School Census Returns: “…nationality should not be conflated with EAL proficiency.  They are separate issues…” Full statement here   Cutting EAL check from census will harm pupils, DfE told Removing the assessment of English proficiency from school census is Read more about Changes to the DfE Census requirement for the assessment of English Language Proficiency[…]