13th December 2017

What’s New?

International Mother Language Day – 21st February 2020



Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting – 9th March 2020

Mon 9th March, 3.45-5pm

Chester Park Junior School

Full details


Bristol Learning Festival – 30th March until 5th April 2020

The inaugural Bristol Learning Festival is coming up soon. Better Bilingual will be one of many FREE learning opportunities across the city – our workshop is ‘Linking though Language: An Introduction to Arabic’.

Do you have colleagues, neighbours or pupils who speak Arabic? Would you like to learn some basic words and greetings in Arabic to welcome/connect with Arabic speakers?

All welcome to this 2 hour workshop, 10-12 on Fri 3rd April in Bristol – full details here


One Bristol Curriculum

The One Bristol Curriculum project sees local arts practitioners and historians working together with schools and teachers to create a curriculum that integrates the full history of Bristol and the UK. Read more here


New Resources

  1. Jonathan Bifield works as an EAL Coordinator at a large inner city secondary school in Leicester. He has been working in the field of EAL / ELT for over 17 years and has worked in Thailand and UK.Jonathan writes columns for the NALDIC EAL journal and delivers CPD on a number of areas related to EAL practice.His website ‘EAL in the Daylight’ offers a number of resources related to EAL.The main aim of the website is to ensure that EAL students are always kept in the daylight in our schools and classrooms. You will find book reviews, blog posts about best practice for EAL in the mainstream, a comprehensive list of EAL classroom strategies and some resources that can be used in the mainstream to support EAL learners.We’d love to hear your feedback if you use resources from Jonathan’s ‘EAL in the Daylight’ so please get in touch!
  2. Have you seen these excellent ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ leaflets produced by the University of Reading’s Centre for Literacy & Multilingualism (CeLM)? Highly recommended!TEACHING MULTILINGUAL CHILDREN: Advice for TeachersTHE BENEFITS OF MULTILINGUALISM IN THE FAMILY: Advice for ParentsMULTILINGUALISM IN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY: Advice for Speech and Language Therapists



Better Bilingual Staffing Update

Catherine is now Director of Better Bilingual and the first point of contact for any queries about pupil assessments, consultancy or CPD relating to children and young people with BAME heritage, including learners with EAL. Do email

catherine@betterbilingual.co.uk for an initial discussion about Better Bilingual collaborations of any kind; we are always interested in new ways of working to better impact upon the wellbeing, as well as the academic outcomes, of pupils.

Yasmin is no longer working for Better Bilingual but as an independent consultant. We thank her for all her hard work over the past three years and wish her all the best in her new venture!

Stephen is now Senior Associate for Better Bilingual, in addition to his role as EAL manager in a school federation in Cheltenham.

Evie continues in her role as our Digital Marketing Manager.

If you are interested in joining our team of EAL experts or in discussing your EAL provision, do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you and/or see you at one of our upcoming Better Bilingual events very soon!


Better Bilingual End of Year Celebration Event –
EAL Approaches to Enhancing Maths Attainment

To read about how this event went and to access information and resources to enhance EAL provision within Maths pedagogy, click here.


Better Bilingual CPD in collaboration with the Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance

Click here for details of our EAL Assessment sessions for senior leaders and for our EAL twilight programme for mainstream primary teachers and inclusion colleagues.

Dates of Bristol’s Equality Network Future meetings

  • TBC



Funding for pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL) – update for 2019-20

How does your Local Authority manage central government funding for pupils with EAL? Read Stephen’s helpful summary here


Government: New OFSTED 2019 framework makes no mention of EAL pupils

NALDIC’s response to Ofsted’s draft education inspection framework for 2019 – NALDIC Position Statement, EAL journal,  3rd April 2019 – read the article here to find out NALDIC’s recommended actions for schools in ensuring inclusive practice is developed in meeting the needs of EAL learners.


Facebook page

Follow us on Facebook to keep updated with latest EAL news and build your networks with other organisations and individuals also interested in EAL and inclusion.


Support for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Do you know enough about the experiences of your learners from refugee backgrounds?
Do your refugee families know where they can access appropriate support?
If you would like to find out more about the challenges faced by your learners and their families from refugee backgrounds and where they can get support from please visit this link


Catherine published

Catherine has written a commentary on Family Language Policy which has recently been published in a Chinese Journal:  http://yyzlyj.cp.com.cn/CN/abstract/abstract237.shtml

Recent research reports on EAL, by The Bell Foundation and partners

  1. English as an Additional Language, proficiency in English and pupils’ educational achievement: an analysis of Local Authority date (Strand, 2018) – click here to read
  2. English as an Additional Language and Initial Teacher Education – click here to read