13th December 2017

What’s New?


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.

Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting

We are very excited to announce details of our first EAL Network Meeting for the upcoming academic school year!

Date: Tue, 17 September 2019

Time: 15:45 – 17:00 BST

Location: Cathedral Primary School, College Square, Bristol, BS1 5TS

Focus areas:
Somali Poetry– Enriching the Curriculum
Translanguaging – what it is and why it matters

Guest Speakers:

Terra Glowach – Lead Practitioner for Literacy (CST) and Teacher of English at Bristol Cathedral Choir School, proud supporter of the One Bristol Curriculum

Terra Glowach will be talking about raising the profile of Somali students, their language, and rich poetry tradition. The Somali community faces the brunt of racist attitudes in Bristol, and yet offers a wealth of wisdom and cultural capital which schools can harness and use to enrich the curriculum.

Catherine Brennan – Better Bilingual Consultant, Trainer with The Bell Foundation & EAL Academy Associate, proud supporter of the One Bristol Curriculum

Catherine will be exploring what is meant by ‘translanguaging’, how it relates to the concept of multilingualism as an asset and what messages it has for teachers of all children and young people.

Further details and tickets here

Dates of Bristol’s Equality Network Future meetings

  • Thurs 26 Sept 2019 (2pm-4pm) – Hosted by Hargreaves Lansdown
  • Thurs 21 Nov 2019 (2pm-4.30pm) – Hosted by Bristol City Council @ City Hall



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.


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Black History Month, October 2019

Black History Month (UK) 2019 in United Kingdom will begin on Tuesday 1 October and ends on Thursday 31 October. See the links below to find out more!


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

Yasmin published

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

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