13th December 2017

What’s New?


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

Bookings now open (until 21st June) for our third EAL Celebration Event, in collaboration with local Bristol & Bath schools and our generous sponsors: The Learning Village, The EAL Academy, Mantralingua & Multilingual Matters
Date: Monday 1st July 2019
Time: 2pm-4pm
Cost: £30 (or 2 tickets for £50)
Venue: Bannerman Road Community Academy, Bristol
Guest speakers: Chiaka Amadi, Caroline Scott
Full details and booking info here 






Admission to this event includes an information pack and free entry to a prize draw including the following amazing prizes from our generous sponsors:

The Learning Village – Four month membership (including for current members)

Mantralingua – Key Terms for Maths Series

Multilingual Matters – Bilingualism book by Colin Baker

NB If you would like to present your Maths & EAL success story, please email info@betterbilingual.co.uk

Dates of Bristol’s Equality Network Future meetings

  • Thurs 20 June 2019 (1.30pm-4pm) – Hosted by The Care Forum @ Vassall Centre
  • Thurs 26 Sept 2019 (2pm-4pm) – Hosted by Hargreaves Lansdown
  • Thurs 21 Nov 2019 (2pm-4.30pm) – Hosted by Bristol City Council @ City Hall


New CPD for NQTs or RQTs – click here for details




Better Bilingual Offer – September 2018-July 2019

Our Better Bilingual FREE Offer for 2018-2019 includes:

  • Scoping meeting with SLT re EAL provision
  • Termly EAL Network Meetings – for EAL support & ideas
  • Better Bilingual e-newsletter – for local and national EAL news
  • Follow us on Twitter @BetterBilingual to keep up-to-date.
  • Visit our website betterbilingual.co.uk for relevant articles, current events & lots more…

Our Better Bilingual CHARGEABLE Offer for 2018-2019 includes:

  • EMA packages consist of 3 set options with a wide range of topics to choose from.  There is flexibility within this should a school wish to consider a slightly different option.

We also continue to provide the following:

  • CPD – on a range of EAL topics for the whole school or MAT, or for a smaller group
  • Central CPD – on a range of EAL topics for education staff from a number of settings
  • Accreditation for the ‘EAL Quality Mark’ – a self-evaluation and validation process, delivered in association with the EAL Academy

Email us at info@betterbilingual.co.uk for further information about our support to schools and EYFS settings and to schedule a visit from one of our experienced consultants; we would love to hear from you.


National Refugee Week, 17th – 23rd June 2019

  • Click here for a calendar full of arts, cultural and educational events to recognise and celebrate the contributions of refugees to the UK.
  • Go here to find out what simple acts you can do to show your support.
  • Also, you can find many free downloadable resources to use with young people including educational resources to use in school as well as inspirational films and artists.
  • For additional lesson plans (suitable for both primary and secondary schools) from the Red Cross to use during Refugee Week 2019
  • Bristol Refugee Festival is taking place between 11th – 30th June 2019

If you would like Better Bilingual to deliver a Refugee Week workshop in your classroom, please email info@betterbilingual.co.uk


Ramadan 2019, 5th May – 4th June

Please see links for activities to do with children during Ramadan to raise awareness of the importance of this month for Muslims.

Muslims across the globe are marking Ramadan with four weeks of fasting. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, which is lunar, so its dates change every year. The end of Ramadan is celebrated with a celebration called Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday 5th June 2019 or Thursday 6th June 2019. According to Islamic belief Ramadan, which is the ninth month in the Muslim calendar, is when the prophet Mohammed was gifted the Qur’an.

How do you wish someone Happy Eid?
The traditional Eid greeting is to say “Eid Mubarak.”
Muslims follow this greeting which means “Happy holiday” or “Happy celebrations” with a formal embrace, three times.

Click here for further information-


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


Yasmin published

Yasmin has written an article on Maths & EAL for the latest Learning Village newsletter:


‘The girl who learned all the languages of the world’

Promote the love of learning languages through this fantastic book by The Emma Press – ‘The Girl who Learned all the Languages of the World’. A story that poignantly captures the experience of a young girl, Lela, at the dinner table, which suddenly awakens within her a desire to learn all the languages of the world.   Read the book to find out how languages open up her world?  A fantastic class read, which all children will be able to relate to.

The book provides a fantastic opportunity to introduce words in a variety of different languages – a great way of valuing the multilingual skills of your children, as well as, developing an understanding and awareness of the similarities and differences between languages.  It will enable children who speak other language to feel valued and to develop confidence to share their languages more openly.

By the end of the book all children will have received exposure to a range of words in Latvian, French, Finnish, German, Spanish, Italian, Estonian, Swedish, Slovenian, Dutch, Maltese and Russian.  An ideal opportunity to add to the repertoire of this book by encouraging children to add to the words in their own languages.

Can also be read to younger learners or independent reading for children in Y2 and lower KS2. This delightful book will develop curiosity in all children to want to learn new languages opening up new experiences and opportunities just as it does for Lela.


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.