13th December 2017

What’s New?


Autumn Programme of EAL Champions CPD open for bookings

We’re almost halfway through our NEW ‘EAL Champions’ CPD Programme (Summer 2021) with fantastic engagement by all attendees. Bookings are now open for the Autumn 2021 programme – full details here


EAL Celebration Event free for Better Bilingual Partner Schools!

As a thank you to our Better Bilingual Partner Schools (i.e. everyone who’s collaborated with us recently), we’re offering free places at this year’s EAL Celebration Event on Monday 5th July, 2-4pm and hope you’ll join us!

This year, the event will be online via MS Teams and we’ll have guest speakers from a range of schools in Bristol and the South West. This online CPD afternoon for teachers and school leaders will provide an opportunity to share and explore EAL good practice across the age range, with a focus on managing the impact of COVID-19 on EAL learners and their families.

For full information (including how to attend if you’re not yet a Better Bilingual Partner School), click here


Refugee Week – 14th-20th June 2021

‘We Cannot Walk Alone’ is the theme of this year’s Refugee Week which takes place on 14th – 20th June 2021.

Take this opportunity to celebrate the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary, with a host of ideas for schools available here

Bristol Refugee Festival is our local celebration, running from 6th – 20th June, with lots of ways to join in! Do let us know how you’ve participated – we’d love to hear!




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.