13th December 2017

What’s New?


Primary EAL CPD Session – EAL definitions, classroom strategies & resources

In collaboration with the Bath & Mendip Partnership Teaching School

Date: Monday 20th May 2019
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm
Cost: £45
Venue: Fosse Way School
Full details and booking info here


Primary EAL CPD Session – Building Positive Partnerships with EAL Parents & Carers

In collaboration with the Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance

Date: Thursday 6th June
Time: 4.15pm-5.45pm
Cost: £50
Venue: Whitehall Primary School
Full details and booking info here


Primary & Secondary EAL Celebration Event – EAL Approaches to Enhancing Maths Attainment

In collaboration with local Bristol & Bath schools and our sponsors (TBA)

Date: Monday 1st July
Time: 2pm-4pm
Cost: £30 (or 2 tickets for £50)
Venue: TBA
Full details and booking info here

NB If you would like to present your Maths & EAL success story, please email info@betterbilingual.co.uk



New CPD for NQTs or RQTs – click here for details




Better Bilingual Offer – September 2018-July 2019

Our Better Bilingual FREE Offer for 2018-2019 includes:

  • Scoping meeting with SLT re EAL provision
  • Termly EAL Network Meetings – for EAL support & ideas
  • Better Bilingual e-newsletter – for local and national EAL news
  • Follow us on Twitter @BetterBilingual to keep up-to-date.
  • Visit our website betterbilingual.co.uk for relevant articles, current events & lots more…

Our Better Bilingual CHARGEABLE Offer for 2018-2019 includes:

  • EMA Action Planning – a whole school self-evaluation and action-planning process; typically, this comprises of 6 half-day consultancy sessions, working closely with the EAL Senior Lead
  • Bespoke packages of EMA consultancy support – areas include New Arrivals & Advanced Bilingual Learners; delivery includes coaching and assessments
  • CPD – on a range of EAL topics for the whole school or MAT, or for a smaller group
  • Central CPD – on a range of EAL topics for education staff from a number of settings
  • Accreditation for the ‘EAL Quality Mark’ – a self-evaluation and validation process, delivered in association with the EAL Academy. (hyperlink)

Email us at info@betterbilingual.co.uk for further information about our support to schools and EYFS settings and to schedule a visit from one of our experienced consultants; we would love to hear from you.


Bristol Equality Charter

On Monday 12th November 2018, the Better Bilingual team was proud to attend the launch of Bristol’s Equalities 

Charter at the M-shed –  an incredibly moving and well-attended event with over 100 people representing a diverse range of organisations, both from the public and private sectors.  If you would like to find out more or sign up to Bristol’s Equality Charter yourself, further information can be found here


New Curriculum Unveiled for Bristol Schools

New curriculum unveiled for Bristol schools to learn about black history led by Phil Castang, head of Bristol Plays Music.  It is to be piloted in four schools in Bristol beginning in March.  This initiative has been prompted by the Runnymead Trust report which highlighted that Bristol was found to be the most racially segregated city in Britain.  Click here for further details


The performance of EAL pupils at Key Stage 2 in 2018: the headlines

Graham Smith from The EAL Academy considers national Key Stage 2 data released in December 2018 and how this has much to inform us about the attainment of our EAL pupils across the country. This can help us to consider the expectations we could have of our own EAL pupils. He highlights that this data can be very useful in helping us ‘to ask the right questions’ although data on pupil performance may not always provide reliable picture of attainment. Read the full article here


We Belong Here Resource

Fantastic resource ‘We Belong Here’ recognising the connections of migrant groups to monuments and building passed by everyday by people through the centre of Bristol.  This link provides more detailed information about the project.

Here is the direct link to download the ‘We Belong Here’ guide.


New EYFS section on our Better Bilingual website!

Are you an EYFS practitioner lucky enough to work with EAL children & their families?

Due to popular demand, we have created a specific EYFS section on our website, under the EAL tab – look out for ideas and information focused on EAL good practice in the EYFS. If you have a success story to share, please do get in touch – we would love to hear from you.


English as an Additional Language, proficiency in English and pupils’ educational achievement: An analysis of Local Authority data

The University of Oxford, with The Bell Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy, has published a report which finds that it is proficiency in English that is central to understanding achievement and levels of need among pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL).  As the research demonstrates, proficiency in English can explain 22% of the variation in EAL pupils’ achievement compared to the typical 3-4% that can be statistically explained using gender, free school meal status and ethnicity.

Key Recommendation for schools:

The report urges schools to continue to assess and record the proficiency in English of their EAL pupils and to use the data to identify need and target support

Full report here

Is scrapping the DfE EAL Proficiency codes a big mistake? Read more here

CPD: Assessing EAL Learners – in collaboration with the BPTSA

For a local CPD opportunity for senior leaders to enhance EAL assessment in your school or MAT, please visit: https://bptsa.org/product/eal-bandings/


NALDIC EAL Journal -Summer 2018 issue now released

Read to find out NALDIC response to scrapping of DfE EAL Language Proficiency Codes and much more including a focus on CLIL and EAL and a feature on ‘Welcoming & Supporting students who are New to English’ by our very own Better Bilingual Consultant, Catherine Brennan!


EAL Academy Partnership – Celebrate your achievements!

Yasmin, Stephen & Catherine are delighted to announce that they are now EAL Academy Associates for the South West region; this means that Better Bilingual can collaborate with you to acquire nationally recognised EAL accreditation. The ‘EAL Quality Mark’ is an award made to schools on their achievements in meeting the needs of pupils learning English as an additional language. The process is one of self-evaluation, with validation by The EAL Academy. For further information about the EAL Academy and EAL Quality Mark, please visit the Partnerships EAL Academy tab.


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 a ‘retrograde step’, experts warn

By John Roberts   29 June 2018   TES

Full article here

2018-19 DfE School Census Guide for Schools & LAs

2018 DfE Early Years Census Guide


Figures showing EAL pupils outperforming native speakers ‘profoundly misleading’

Education Policy Institute estimates attainment data missing for three in 10 children with English as an additional language (EAL) in primary schools – and one in 10 in secondary schools

By Will Hazell     07 February 2018   TES

Full article here