NALDIC South West RIG Meeting 20.11.18 – Summary by Catherine Brennan

This NALDIC South West Regional Interest Group (RIG) Meeting was facilitated by Catherine Brennan and Yasmin Malik of Better Bilingual on Tuesday 20th November 2018 at Two Mile Hill Primary School, Bristol. Catherine shared personal highlights from this year’s NALDIC26 Conference, held in Leeds on 17th November 2018, before Yasmin introduced our first guest speaker, Read more about NALDIC South West RIG Meeting 20.11.18 – Summary by Catherine Brennan[…]

Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting (Bristol) – November 2018

Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting (Bristol) Tuesday 27th November 2018 – Cotham School   With such a busy time of year for schools, Better Bilingual was privileged in being able to hold their EAL Network Meeting (Bristol) at Cotham school this term. Local and national key updates were provided by Better Bilingual, led by Yasmin Read more about Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting (Bristol) – November 2018[…]

Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting (BANES) – November 2018

  Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting (BANES) Tuesday 13th November 2018 – Cotham School   The second Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting (BANES) took place on 13th November 2018 at Combe Down Primary, led by Catherine Brennan. This gathering was well attended by a range of education professionals from infant, primary and secondary schools as Read more about Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting (BANES) – November 2018[…]

NALDIC 26 Conference – 17th November 2018 – Leeds Beckett University

  Another well-organised NALDIC conference, another valuable opportunity to spend a day immersed in all things EAL – this time in the stylish Cloth Hall Court conference centre at Leeds Beckett University. The focus this year was ‘Evidence informed practice for EAL’ which fits in perfectly with our Bell Foundation principles. As well as hearing Read more about NALDIC 26 Conference – 17th November 2018 – Leeds Beckett University[…]

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[…]

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[…]