13th December 2017

What’s New?


FREE Better Bilingual EAL Celebration Event – Thursday 5th July 2018

Our second end of year EAL Celebration Event took place at Barton Hill Primary Academy – well-attended by an enthusiastic group of speakers and school representatives from near and far.  Many ‘EAL Success Stories’ were shared  and it was a great opportunity for practitioners to network with others passionate about EAL.  You can read more on Twitter and Linked In. Thank you to everyone who attended to make this event such a success.  If you would like to share your ‘EAL Success Story’ next year then please get in touch with us during the year to let us know – and keep an eye out for the July 2019 date to add to your diary!


New dates for EAL Network Meetings 2018-2019

BB EAL Network Meeting (BANES) – 13th November, Combe Down Primary School, Bath
South West NALDIC Regional Interest Group – 20th November 2018, Two Mile Hill Primary School, Bristol
BB EAL Network Meeting (Bristol)– 27th November, Cotham Secondary School, Bristol


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 Action Planning – a whole school self-evaluation and action-planning process; typically, this comprises of 6 half-day consultancy sessions, working closely with the EAL Senior Lead
  • Bespoke packages of EMA consultancy support – areas include New Arrivals & Advanced Bilingual Learners; delivery includes coaching and assessments
  • 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. (hyperlink)

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.


New EYFS section on our Better Bilingual website!

Are you an EYFS practitioner lucky enough to work with EAL children & their families?

Due to popular demand, we have created a specific EYFS section on our website, under the EAL tab – look out for ideas and information focused on EAL good practice in the EYFS. If you have a success story to share, please do get in touch – we would love to hear from you.

EAL Academy Partnership – Celebrate your achievements!

Yasmin, Stephen & Catherine are delighted to announce that they are now EAL Academy Associates for the South West region; this means that Better Bilingual can collaborate with you to acquire nationally recognised EAL accreditation. The ‘EAL Quality Mark’ is an award made to schools on their achievements in meeting the needs of pupils learning English as an additional language. The process is one of self-evaluation, with validation by The EAL Academy. For further information about the EAL Academy and EAL Quality Mark, please visit the Partnerships EAL Academy tab.


Changes to the DfE Census requirement for the assessment of English Language Proficiency

NALDIC’s Position – School Census Returns:

“…nationality should not be conflated with EAL proficiency.  They are separate issues…”

Full statement here


Cutting EAL check from census will harm pupils, DfE told

Removing the assessment of English proficiency from school census is a ‘retrograde step’, experts warn

By John Roberts   29 June 2018   TES

Full article here

2018-19 DfE School Census Guide for Schools & LAs

2018 DfE Early Years Census Guide


Figures showing EAL pupils outperforming native speakers ‘profoundly misleading’

Education Policy Institute estimates attainment data missing for three in 10 children with English as an additional language (EAL) in primary schools – and one in 10 in secondary schools

By Will Hazell     07 February 2018   TES

Full article here