Better Bilingual EAL Celebration Event – thank you!

What a success – and all down to the collaboration and partnership between a range of individuals, schools and organisations committed to high quality EAL provision in schools. Head here to read all about it and watch our fantastic video montage by film maker, Pablo Woolls-Blanco!

NEW 3-year partnership with The EAL Academy & the Venturers’ Trust

Exciting times ahead for Better Bilingual in terms of sustainability. We’re thrilled to announce our new 3-year partnership with the Venturers’ Trust in Bristol. We’ll be working in partnership with The EAL Academy to develop EAL provision across all the primary schools in the Venturers’ Trust; head over to our Partnerships tab to read more…


Join our Better Bilingual EAL Network 2022-23

Our first Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting (Autumn) is fast approaching, with dates already set for Spring and Summer too:

Autumn: Wed 28th September 2022
Spring: Wed 25th January 2023
Summer: Wed 24th May 2023

Head over to our EAL tab to find out how to become a member of this valuable EAL Network and to watch a snippet of our Summer 2022 meeting to see what to expect.

Register for our Better Bilingual EAL Champions CPD Programme 2022-23

Are you new to the role of EAL lead in your school – or after a CPD refresher? In response to feedback, we’re pleased to announce that we have now developed Primary and Secondary versions of our ‘EAL Champions’ course, starting w/b 12th September 2022. Head over to the EAL page to find out more and to secure your place on this impactful EAL course.

NEW CPD for Teaching Assistants: How to teach the Better Bilingual ‘New to English’ Induction Programme

In response to the arrival of Ukrainian and other ‘New to English’ pupils in Bristol schools, we rapidly responded by creating a ‘How to Teach…’ course for Teaching Assistants to quickly build up the social English of these pupils. Check out our EAL tab for feedback and the dates of upcoming Autumn 2022 courses.

NEW Refugee Week 2022 blog no.3 from Zoe Welsh

Refugee Week 2022 blog: Building on funds of knowledge and reflecting on migration journeys

Refugee Week

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement.

This year, it will be held between 20-26th June. Find out more here



We’ve also released two special Refugee Week blogs, thanks to Zoë Welsh. Find them here:

Refugee Week 2022 blog: The Golden Eagles

Refugee Week blog: A bespoke curriculum for newly arrived pupils


Fellowship status awarded to our Director 

Our Director, Catherine Brennan FCCT, was honoured to be awarded Fellowship status by the Chartered College of Teaching in November 2021, joining over 1,300 Fellows, three-quarters of whom are teaching and based all over the world.

‘I look forward to contributing my EAL expertise to support and strengthen the teaching profession – and to keep on learning myself! I am very grateful to my EAL Academy colleagues, Graham Smith FRSA and Chiaka Amadi, for supporting me in my application and to the many EAL colleagues, school leaders, teachers, pupils and parents from whom I’ve learnt so much – thank you, all!’

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 2022

Every June since 2008, people from across the UK have celebrated Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month. Through celebration, education and raising awareness, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month helps to tackle prejudice, challenge myths and to amplify the voices of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in wider society.
If you would like to receive updates about plans for next year, please add your details to the mailing list here


EAL Quality Mark

First school in Bristol receives the Gold EAL Quality Mark Award!

Barton Hill Academy is the first school in Bristol to receive the Gold EAL Quality Mark Award.

In her role as EAL Academy Associate, our Director Catherine Brennan had the privilege and joy of visiting this school (virtually!) at the very end of the Summer Term. Find out more about EAL-friendly Barton Hill Academy here.


EAL Network Meetings 2021/22 – dates for your diary!

This academic year, our popular EAL Network Meetings (termly) will be held online at 4-5pm on Mondays (27.09.21, 24.01.22 and 09.05.22) Keep up to date with the latest developments in EAL and benefit from the support of other teachers and EAL Leads like you.

Free for Better Bilingual Partner Schools or you can purchase a Better Bilingual Annual Subscription for only £125 – full details here.

For full information (including how to attend if you’re not yet a Better Bilingual Partner School), click here

School CPD: Better Bilingual EAL Training Opportunities for 2021-22

Click here to read details of our EAL CPD offer which can be adapted to suit your context and facilitated online or through a blended approach.

BME Training Opportunities from Better Bilingual

CPD on Race Equality issues from Better Bilingual

‘What’s New’ may be the perceived need for Race Equality training for school staff and leaders who wish to support all their children and families through these turbulent times. What’s not new is our Better Bilingual CPD offer which includes a number of Race Equality training sessions – for more details, click here

Advice about Coronavirus in many languages

Here are some links to Covid-19 guidance in a range of languages. Do share if useful but please credit the organisations that created them; many thanks to Rob Sharples of NALDIC for sharing with Better Bilingual.

From Doctors of the World:

(Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Dari, English, Farsi, French, Hindi, Kurdish, Malayam, Mandarin, Pashto, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese)

From Big Leaf Foundation:

(Pashto, Arabic, Kurmanji, Sorani)

(video in Pashto and English)

If you have feedback or these or other useful COVID-19 links to share, please contact us at – thank you and take good care, all.

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’ Click here for further details.
  2. FOR PARENTS – ‘Guidance for parents of students who use English as an Additional Language’ Click here for further details.

Guest Blog – Caroline Scott, Director of Across Cultures

GUEST BLOG – Caroline Scott – Director, Across Cultures

Home learning project for EAL pupils: Minibeasts

Catherine has produced this Minibeasts home learning project for primary-aged pupils which celebrates and utilises access to the outdoors. It combines fresh air, exercise and connection with nature with the development of English language proficiency for multilingual pupils. You can find Catherine’s article and associated resources published by Across Cultures here.


Bristol Learning City Resource Directory features Better Bilingual!

Bristol Learning City has started to curate a number of resources that are suitable for home-learning; further resources will be added in the coming days and weeks, with the aim being to create a list of resources produced by Bristol based educators and learning providers.

We’re very happy to be included on this list and hope the information is helpful to all those involved in home-learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.