13th December 2017

What’s New?

Catherine’s new blog

How fluent are your pupils in the language of ‘online English’?


Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting (Summer 2021)

Date: Monday 26th April 2021, 4-5pm (MS Teams link will be provided)

Focus: How do we (and can we) identify English language proficiency gaps and how can we plan appropriate language support for our EAL pupils?

Target Audience: Primary and secondary teachers of pupils with EAL in Better Bilingual Partner Schools, i.e. currently or recently working with Better Bilingual.

To reserve your free place, please email catherine@betterbilingual.co.uk

NEW! ‘EAL Champions’ CPD Programme – Summer Term 2021

An interactive programme of six online training sessions in May-June 2021 to upskill middle and senior school leads to enhance EAL provision. We’re delighted to announce this innovative new course – full details here



National EAL Survey on the Impact of COVID – London Borough of Lambeth

Our director, Catherine, recently joined the Advisory Board for this Lambeth Research Project. The purpose of this survey is to find out about your schools’ experiences of working with children with EAL, both during school closures (owing to the Covid pandemic) and after returning to school in September. Outcomes will be used to examine what worked well, what didn’t and issues or concerns you may have.

There are 2 versions of this anonymous survey and we’d strongly encourage you to take part. The first survey is aimed at teaching staff and takes 20-25 minutes to complete; the second is aimed at school leaders and takes 5-10 minutes.

Teaching Survey (Classroom teachers, EAL Leads and EAL staff)

School Leadership Survey (Heads, Assistants, Deputies, Heads of Faculties)


NEU article on remote learning for EAL pupils

‘Supporting EAL in Lockdown’ – Article by Graham Smith (Director, The EAL Academy)

Written for the NEU, this article provides recommendations of high quality resources to use with learners of EAL, as well as screen and non-screen interactive approaches. Very useful beyond lockdown too:


Stephen’s new blog

‘Language of the Term’ – one school’s experience


NEW Better Bilingual EAL Training Opportunities for 2020-2021

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


Better Bilingual: Online support for schools during the COVID-19 pandemic

We recognise that this is an unprecedented period of anxiety, upheaval and uncertainty for schools in the UK and around the world, and wish each of you well in managing the various challenges which come your way.

At Better Bilingual, we continue to focus on the educational and pastoral provision for EAL children, young people and their families – in these times of constant change and potential isolation.

We are rapidly adapting our ways of working to provide online teaching & support for EAL pupils & families, as well as virtual methods of collaboration with schools, MATs & community organisations to support EAL communities.

  • Contact us at info@betterbilingual.co.uk to book a FREE package of six Skype/Zoom lessons for recently arrived New to English pupils in the UK.
  • Check out our ever-increasing bank of EAL resources (mostly FREE) for use at school or at home during the school closures here
  • Email info@betterbilingual.co.uk to book a FREE 30 minute EAL consultation (via phone, Skype or Zoom) on how to support your EAL children and families during this current crisis.


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.