Our team of consultants offers Continuing Professional Development courses focused on inclusive Quality First Teaching, supporting EAL learners with varying levels of English Language proficiency across the curriculum.

Catherine Brennan delivered an excellent lecture to our trainee teachers about EAL. She is not only very knowledgeable about teaching and supporting children with English as an additional language but has an engaging and informative style. She leads sessions with tremendous warmth and passion for her area of expertise and we will be definitely be asking her to return in future years.

Ben Wiggins – Senior Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education, UWE Bristol (Feb 2022)

Our courses for you, this Autumn:

Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting – Autumn 2023 – 18th September

Better Bilingual EAL Celebration Event: Sharing Strategic Good Practice – 2nd October

CPD: How to Teach the Better Bilingual ‘New to English’ Induction Programme – North Bristol, 5th October and 19th October*

CPD: How to Teach the Better Bilingual ‘New to English’ Induction Programme – South Bristol, 2nd November & 16th November*

‘EAL Champions’ CPD Programme – 2nd of November 2023 to 1st February 2024

*More info on these CPD courses below

New EAL CPD dates for Teaching Assistants in South Bristol (Autumn 2023 – Term 2)

Course Title: How to Teach the Better Bilingual ‘New to English’ Induction Programme (Prim/Sec – AUTUMN 2023 – Term 2, South Bristol)

Better Bilingual Trainers: Catherine Brennan (Director) & Hayley Hayes (Associate)

Course Purpose: Are you looking for a 6-8 week intervention programme to be taught by your existing Teaching Assistants (TAs) to develop New to English pupils’ survival English so they feel welcome and can access classroom activities as soon as possible?

Intended Audience: Teaching Assistants with the capacity to teach 2-3 intervention sessions (20-30 minutes each) per week for the first 6-8 weeks of a new pupil’s time in school.

Further information about our North Bristol CPD Sessions (Autumn 2023 – Term 2) here.

Further information about our South Bristol CPD Sessions (Autumn 2023 – Term 2) here.

New CPD Leadership Event for EAL Leads in Schools & Trusts

Why do previous participants recommend this course?

“Dedicated, directed time to reflect on EAL/EDI in my setting was invaluable. Because of the practical tools and signposting to resources I have received. I think the course covers so many different areas that any school would benefit from, even if it’s just a refresher or reminder and the opportunity to share or talk to other schools.”

Are you new to the role of EAL Lead in your school or trust? Do you need to ensure you are fully equipped for this leadership role? Are you keen to learn from other EAL leads as well as Better Bilingual? Then this is the course for you…

Course Title: EAL Champions CPD Programme

Purpose: To build capacity for EAL and EDI in primary and secondary schools; aspiring middle/senior leads welcome

Intended Audience: Middle/senior leads for EAL/inclusion in primary and secondary schools

Recommendation: Two staff members from each school attend three sessions each to promote collaboration

Further details here

For information about EAL funding for schools and further Better Bilingual training opportunities, please click here

Better Bilingual Offer – September 2023-July 2024