EAL (English as an Additional Language) – a sub-set of the BME cohort – describes those whose First language is not English.


EAL Training Opportunities

Better Bilingual offers high quality CPD sessions on the following topics:

BB01 Meeting the pastoral needs of Refugees & Asylum Seekers
BB02 Welcoming & teaching New to English Learners
BB03 Enhancing provision for Advanced Bilingual Learners
BB04 Distinguishing between EAL & SEND and planning provision
BB05 Ensuring the effectiveness of your EAL Assessment Framework
BB06 Evaluating the impact of your EAL Policy across the curriculum
BB07 Reviewing your New Arrivals Induction and Assessment Policy
BB08 Reviewing the curriculum for EDI: ethnicity and multilingualism

Depending on your budget and requirements, each training session can be:
– facilitated online or face-to-face;
– scheduled for daytime or twilight hours;
– delivered over a period of 1.5 – 3 hours for up to 30 participants;
– adapted to your EYFS/Primary/Secondary context;
– discounted if a number of sessions are booked together.


CENTRAL CPD FOR INDIVIDUALS – ‘EAL Champions’ CPD programme (Summer 2022)

In Terms 5 & 6 2022, we are offering the Summer 2022 programme of our innovative and popular online ‘EAL Champions’ CPD programme.

An interactive programme of six online training sessions on Thursday afternoons, the objective is to upskill middle and senior school leads to enhance EAL provision – across the curriculum, across the school.

Full details and booking information can be found on the Eventbrite link here


What do previous participants say?

An opportunity to reflect and prioritise EAL pupil needs and future strategic directions for our setting as well as revisiting what EDI looks and feels like for the children who attend here… Dedicated, directed time to reflect on EAL/EDI in my setting was invaluable.

Naomi Western – Inclusion Lead, St Michael’s Church Junior School, BWMAT, Bath


NEW! EAL Network Membership 2021-22

If you’re already working with Better Bilingual, then you can apply for free membership of our EAL Network 2021-22 by emailing info@betterbilingual.co.uk. If you’re not currently working with us, we’d love to welcome you to our EAL Network community – click here for details of price and benefits.

To discuss any of the above and price packages, please contact us via email: info@betterbilingual.co.uk


We highly recommend the following websites to support the development of provision for children and young people learning through English as an Additional Language (EAL) in educational settings:

NALDIC: https://naldic.org.uk/

‘NALDIC is the national subject association for English as an additional language. NALDIC provides a welcoming, vibrant, professional forum for learning more about English as an Additional Language (EAL) and bilingual learners in schools. You don’t have to be an EAL teacher or EAL specialist to join us. We welcome members from a range of settings, schools and organisations. Our mission is to promote the effective teaching and learning of EAL and bilingual pupils across the UK.’

The Bell Foundation: https://www.bell-foundation.org.uk/

‘At The Bell Foundation we believe that all children, including those who speak English as an Additional Language, should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. There are now over 1.5 million pupils in UK schools with EAL, a figure which has more than doubled over the last ten years. This number continues to increase, with a fifth of primary pupils (21.2%) and 16.6% of UK secondary school pupils now classified as EAL…The aspiration of our EAL programme is to improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged children in the UK who have English as an Additional Language, in order to benefit the individual child and society as a whole.’

EAL Nexus: https://ealresources.bell-foundation.org.uk/teachers

‘Whether you are a teacher with a high percentage of learners with English as an Additional Language (EAL) in your class or your school has a few new arrivals this website is for you.  It provides the advice and resources to help you effectively assess, teach and support them within the curriculum.’

NEW! EAL Resources for Teachers & Parents from The Bell Foundation

1. FOR TEACHERS – ‘Working with parents to support the learning of puils who use EAL: Guidance for schools’

‘The Bell Foundation has developed guidance to support practitioners to work with the parents of learners who use EAL with the aim of improving learning outcomes. The guidance draws on research around parental involvement and offers practical recommendations for schools on how to maximise parental involvement.’

Click here to access this guidance document.

2.  FOR PARENTS – ‘Guidance for parents of students who use English as an Additional Language’ – translated into 11 community languages (FREE)

‘The Bell Foundation has created a short, easy to understand guide for parents of students who use English as an Additional Language. The leaflet is available in the 11 most commonly used first languages in UK schools and is designed to help parents to get involved in school life and to help their child to learn.’

Translated versions available in: Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese, Gujurati, Lithuanian, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali & Urdu.

Click here to access this guidance document in English and translated versions.



‘Language of the Term’ – one school’s experience

Home learning during school closures: A minibeasts project for primary pupils

GUEST BLOG – Caroline Scott – Director, Across Cultures

Funding for pupils with English as an additional language – latest update

Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting (Bristol) – November 2018

Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting (BANES) – November 2018

Learning Village

Benefits of using First Language to support learning

Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS)

EAL Funding Updates


New to English (Beginner) learners

New arrivals or learners at an early stage of acquiring English will progress at very different rates according to their educational background and the effectiveness of the support they receive.

In terms of the DfE language proficiency descriptors, ‘Beginners’ would be equivalent to A (New to English) and B (Early acquisition).

Advanced EAL learners

Advanced bilingual learners are defined as pupils who have had all or most of their school education in the UK and whose oral proficiency in English is usually indistinguishable from that of pupils with English as a first language but whose writing may still show distinctive features related to their language background. In the DfE language proficiency descriptors.

Advanced bilingual learners would be those who are C (Developing Competence) D (Competent) and E (Fluent).



Guidance on the assessment of EAL pupils’ proficiency in English

Model EAL policy for schools


EAL Academy

British Council EAL Nexus Resources

World Stories

Newbury Park language of the month: interactive video clips and resources

Collaborative Learning Project


EAL Journal

Multilingualism is integrative blog

Multilungual Parenting

Inside the mind of a successful language learner blog

Vocabulary App

Speaking in your home language – advice for bilingual parents and carers