Our upcoming Better Bilingual Courses & Events

Better Bilingual ‘EAL Champions’ CPD Programme (Summer 2024) – Monday 22nd April until Monday 1st July (six online training sessions, all 13:30 – 15:00)

Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting – Summer 2024 – Wednesday 24th April (16:00 – 17:00)

Better Bilingual CPD: How to Teach the ‘New to English’ Induction Programme – Thursday 9th May and Thursday 23rd May (9.30 – 11.30am)

Better Bilingual x Collaborative Learning Workshop – Tuesday 21st May (13:00 – 15:30)

Better Bilingual EAL Celebration Event 2024 – Tuesday 1st October (13:00 – 16:00)

Better Bilingual Shortlisted for The Batook Pandya Award for Inclusion at the Bristol Social Impact Awards 2024!

We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been shortlisted for The Batook Pandya Award for Inclusion at the Bristol Social Impact Awards 2024!

The awards ceremony, hosted by VOSCUR, took place on the evening of February 29th 2024 at South Bristol Skills Academy in Hengrove.

Hayley Hayes (Better Bilingual Associate) and Peri Taylor (Better Bilingual Events Manager) share their reflections on the awards evening here

New EAL CPD Events for Teaching Assistants AND New CPD Leadership Event for EAL Leads in Schools & Trusts

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Our latest blog, by Soofia Amin

A Multilingual Display – A blog by Soofia Amin, Assistant Head Teacher and Specialist Lead in Education for Multilingualism, Kensington Primary School, East London

International Nowruz Day – 20th March 2024

‘The word Nowruz (Novruz, Navruz, Nooruz, Nevruz, Nauryz), means new day; its spelling and pronunciation may vary by country.

Nowruz is a celebration of springtime—and a brand new year

Nowruz marks the first day of spring and is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on 21 March. It is celebrated as the beginning of the new year by more than 300 million people all around the world and has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions.’

Nowruz in Afghanistan

People are happy during Nowruz. They buy new clothes for their children. They host parties for their friends and family and they cook a traditional food named “Samanak” on Nowruz days. The girls and women sing songs during the cooking of Samanak. It is a happy time! – Afghanaid Staff Member

Read more here

Better Bilingual release EAL & EYFS vlogs commissioned by North Somerset!


We’re delighted to announce the release of a series of short vlogs, commissioned by the North Somerset Early Years team and designed to support EYFS providers to promote outcomes for their EAL learners. Our Better Bilingual Associate and ‘online resident’ expert in EYFS matters, Anna Comfort, provides helpful advice and guidance on key topics to help you enhance your EAL provision – enjoy!

How can we promote sustainable school provision for refugee pupils?

There’s new helpful advice and guidance from The Bell Foundation, including information about the PAWS model, available here.

New Guidance on Welcoming and Teaching Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)

Check out our Better Bilingual advice and guidance documents aimed at secondary school teachers and leaders who are keen to promote best practice for welcoming and teaching Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children. Commissioned by The HOPE Virtual School in Bristol (and free to share widely), you can view and download the full documents here: 

New ‘Refugee Education’ CPD from the Chartered College of Teaching

Are you a school leader looking to develop inclusive school policies for refugee students? If so, this online CPD is specifically designed for you, with the aim being ‘to combine research evidence with high quality practice so that school leaders can learn from the best available evidence and discuss their approaches and experiences with peers.’

Better Bilingual is delighted to have contributed a case study on the initial assessment of EAL pupils, in collaboration with Bristol Cathedral Choir School.

You can check out full details of the Refugee Education course here:

Vision, mission and animations!

Celebrating Multilingualism – Newbury Park’s Language World

We have all missed Newbury Park’s ‘Language of the Month’ resources so much – but now their wonderful new ‘Language World’ resources are available here

Great for answering the register in many languages – and lots more!