Better Bilingual Staffing Update
Catherine is now Director of Better Bilingual and the first point of contact for any queries about pupil assessments, consultancy or CPD relating to children and young people with BAME heritage, including learners with EAL. Do email
Yasmin is no longer working for Better Bilingual but as an independent consultant. We thank her for all her hard work over the past three years and wish her all the best in her new venture!
Stephen is now Senior Associate for Better Bilingual, in addition to his role as EAL manager in a school federation in Cheltenham.
Evie continues in her role as our Digital Marketing Manager.
If you are interested in joining our team of EAL experts or in discussing your EAL provision, do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you and/or see you at one of our upcoming Better Bilingual events very soon!
Better Bilingual End of Year Celebration Event – EAL Approaches to Enhancing Maths Attainment
To read about how this event went and to access information and resources to enhance EAL provision within Maths pedagogy, click here.
Better Bilingual CPD in collaboration with the Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance
Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting
We are very excited to announce details of our first EAL Network Meeting for the upcoming academic school year!
Date: Tue, 17 September 2019
Time: 15:45 – 17:00 BST
Location: Cathedral Primary School, College Square, Bristol, BS1 5TS
Terra Glowach – Lead Practitioner for Literacy (CST) and Teacher of English at Bristol Cathedral Choir School, proud supporter of the One Bristol Curriculum
Terra Glowach will be talking about raising the profile of Somali students, their language, and rich poetry tradition. The Somali community faces the brunt of racist attitudes in Bristol, and yet offers a wealth of wisdom and cultural capital which schools can harness and use to enrich the curriculum.
Catherine will be exploring what is meant by ‘translanguaging’, how it relates to the concept of multilingualism as an asset and what messages it has for teachers of all children and young people.
Dates of Bristol’s Equality Network Future meetings
- Thurs 26 Sept 2019 (2pm-4pm) – Hosted by Hargreaves Lansdown
- Thurs 21 Nov 2019 (2pm-4.30pm) – Hosted by Bristol City Council @ City Hall
Government: New OFSTED 2019 framework makes no mention of EAL pupils
NALDIC’s response to Ofsted’s draft education inspection framework for 2019 – NALDIC Position Statement, EAL journal, 3rd April 2019 – read the article here to find out NALDIC’s recommended actions for schools in ensuring inclusive practice is developed in meeting the needs of EAL learners.
Black History Month, October 2019
Support for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Catherine has written a commentary on Family Language Policy which has recently been published in a Chinese Journal: http://yyzlyj.cp.com.cn/CN/abstract/abstract237.shtml
Yasmin has written an article on Maths & EAL for the latest Learning Village newsletter:
Recent research reports on EAL, by The Bell Foundation and partners
- English as an Additional Language, proficiency in English and pupils’ educational achievement: an analysis of Local Authority date (Strand, 2018) – click here to read
- English as an Additional Language and Initial Teacher Education – click here to read