Our courses for you, this Autumn:

Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting – Autumn 2023 – 18th September

Better Bilingual EAL Celebration Event: Sharing Strategic Good Practice – 2nd October

CPD: How to Teach the Better Bilingual ‘New to English’ Induction ProgrammeNorth Bristol, 5th October & 19th October

CPD: How to Teach the Better Bilingual ‘New to English’ Induction Programme – South Bristol, 2nd November & 16th November

‘EAL Champions’ CPD Programme – 2nd of November 2023 to 1st February 2024

Additional CPD Sessions for Teaching Assistants in South Bristol!

Due to a request from schools in South Bristol, we have added an additional CPD Programme (in addition to our North Bristol version) on How to Teach the Better Bilingual ‘New to English’ Induction Programme on 2nd and 16th November 2023.

Many thanks to St Anne’s Infants for kindly hosting this – we look forward to seeing you there!

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

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Sharing Successes – our annual EAL Celebration Event (Mon 2nd October 2023)

With guest speakers from a range of schools and organisations in Bristol and the South West, this CPD afternoon for teachers and school leaders will provide an opportunity to share and explore EAL good practice across the age range and across the curriculum – not to be missed!

Date and time: Mon, 2 Oct 2023 13:00 – 16:00

Location: The Foundation Lower Ground Floor St George’s Road Bristol BS1 5BE

Meet the presenters:

For further information and to reserve your place head here.

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 – 21st March 2023

‘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 Training for the HOPE’s Advocates

Thank you to our Better Bilingual Senior Associate, Stephen Bray, for sharing his recent experience of training Advocates at the HOPE Virtual School in Bristol – just one of the organisations Better Bilingual is happy to be working in partnership with to address our mission. To read in full, click 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.

Aardman animation to mark one year anniversary

Local animation studio Aardman and Save the Children have recently released a short film to mark the one-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine. A powerful resource to use in your classroom to understand and welcome all newcomers, especially refugees – highly recommended!

Full article here

World of Languages & Languages of the World – or WoLLoW!

As their WoLLoW website states: WoLLoW is an exciting new curriculum aimed at putting joy and fun at the heart of languages teaching for children in KS2 and KS3.

‘The WoLLoW resources and lesson content have been created to encourage children to be curious about languages, to understand the links and see the patterns between languages, and to help them to think about how a language works.’

Better Bilingual Director, Catherine Brennan, and Better Bilingual Associate, Hayley Hayes, were delighted to attend last week’s WoLLoW conference (their second) to find out more about why this programme was created and the positive impact so far.

You can find out more by viewing photos of the speakers, conference outline and a selection of slides here:

The WoLLoW Conference 2023 in pictures!

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: 

Our latest blog: Welcoming new parents & sharing induction information

A huge thank you to one of our Autumn EAL Champions Kate Peacock (EAL Lead at Bannerman Rd Community Academy in Bristol) for writing our latest blog and for generously sharing an induction resource for parents.

To read in full and access the free template, click here: 

Welcoming new parents & sharing induction information

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:

Happy 2nd birthday to us!

Happy 2nd birthday to us and a huge thank you to all our supporters!

Better Bilingual CIC is 2 years old! It’s hard to believe that it’s already two years since we converted from a group of sole traders (operating since 2016) into a social enterprise. Better Bilingual is proud to be a Community Interest Company (CIC) – a special type of limited company which exists to benefit the community rather than private shareholders. In our case, the community we are proud to serve comprises bilingual and multilingual children and young people in educational settings in Bristol and across the South West.

In celebration of our 2nd birthday, we’re thrilled to share 2 fantastic short films, produced in collaboration with a talented group of UWE film-making students, to explore the themes of bilingualism, its benefits and our Better Bilingual mission.

Black History Month 2022

October is fast approaching – check out our ideas to mark Black History Month 2022 in your school by clicking here.

Roy Hackett – A Life Remembered

The life of Bristol civil rights hero, Roy Hackett, will be remembered on Friday 16th Sept – click here for further information.

New Blog on School Exclusions & Ethnicity by Feyisa Demie

‘Our findings indicated that ethnic and SEN disparities were caused by multiple factors, including teachers’ low expectations, institutional racism, stereotyping, unconscious bias, poverty and lack of diversity.’ Click here for further information.

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!

Free Webinar from The EAL Academy – Sex, Race and Class: Changing the Conversation

Not to be missed – full details here:

DfE EAL Funding Information for 2022-23

There’s been a lot of discussion in schools lately about the DfE EAL Funding available to ensure effective EAL provision in our multilingual contexts. Our Better Bilingual Senior Associate, Stephen Bray  has produced a handy guide to the latest EAL funding information. Contact us at info@betterbilingual.co.uk if you’d like to discuss further!

Whole-School Assessment of EAL

A blog by Bathsheba Wells Dion – English Teacher and newly appointed EAL Lead Teacher at Bristol Cathedral Choir School (secondary)

Whole-School Assessment of EAL

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!

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 info@betterbilingual.co.uk – 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.