13th December 2017

What’s New?


Welcome to our new Better Bilingual Associates

We are thrilled to be welcoming not one but two talented teachers with extensive EAL and leadership experience to our growing Better Bilingual Team. Click here to read all about Hayley Hayes and Anna Comfort, who are already working as part of our Better Bilingual team to develop inclusive teaching for our newly arrived Afghan pupils in Bristol.


Spring 2022 Programme of EAL Champions CPD now open for bookings

We’re pleased to announce the Spring 2022 dates for our innovative and popular ‘EAL Champions’ CPD Programme to develop and embed EAL good practice in your school. It will run on Wednesdays, starting January 26th and you can book by clicking here

Read more about this ‘EAL Champions’ course in our CPD section 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.

Autumn Programme of EAL Champions CPD open for bookings until 10.09.21

Do you want this year to be the one when EAL provision is strategised in your school? If yes, this is the course for you…

Following the Summer term success of our new ‘EAL Champions’ CPD Programme (which garnered a 100% recommendation rate by participants), bookings are open until 10.09.21 for the Autumn 2021 programme.

Running on Tuesdays from 21.09.21 until 07.12.21, this fast-paced programme will guide you through the fundamental principles of EAL pedagogy and require you to complete impactful tasks in your own school between sessions – find full details here.

You can read more about this ‘EAL Champions’ course in our CPD section.


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 info@betterbilingual.co.uk – thank you and take good care, all.


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’ 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.