Free EAL Assessment Framework for Schools

We are pleased to inform you that The Bell Foundation’s EAL Assessment Framework for Schools (version 1) is now available free of charge to all schools in the UK.  

The EAL Assessment Framework for Schools has been developed by a team of leading EAL Assessment experts at Kings College London and the University of Cambridge, and is informed by robust academic research. The Bell Foundation have worked with teachers to ensure that it is classroom-friendly.

Free EAL Assessment Framework for Schools

EAL Summer School - Workshops for Teachers

This summer, The Bell Foundation offers a series of high quality, one-day EAL training workshops. They are designed to develop teacher's skills, knowledge and confidence so they can provide more effective support for EAL learners. 

eal summer school

EAL Nexus art competition winners announced

In February this year EAL Nexus, British Council launched an art competition for young learners in schools across the United Kingdom. The entire competition was based around issues of identity and integration, both of which are at the core of our project’s aims. We asked learners to design their own identity flag that would represent their past and present experiences.

EAL Nexus competition winner

EAL Nexus Southeast regional workshop

The southeast regional workshop took place in Brighton on Monday 20th April. Participants were treated to two presentations from our pilot schools, Thorpe Lea Primary in Surrey and Cherwell School in Oxford.

The headteacher Leslie Semper, Deputy headteacher, Chris Haxell and NQT Year 1 teacher Jen Jaques delivered an inspiring presentation on a range of strategies, which enable EAL learners to attach meaning to language. The audience were able to make their own substitution tables, participate in barrier activities and work through a vanishing cloze.

 Southeast Regional Workshop

EAL Nexus workshop presentations in Cambridge deemed very practical

The East of England regional workshop took place in Cambridge on the 27th March. Participants were treated to two presentations from EAL Nexus pilot schools.

The Queens Park Academy presentation was led by Claire Norris, Assistant Head, Sabera Richardson, Year 2 teacher and Sarah Beecham, the Reception teacher.

We were delighted that governor Rubina Shaikh was also there to support the Bedford school.

The Queen’s Park presentation included: phonics with food, story bags and meerkat exercises! 

EAL Nexus workshop in Cambridge

EAL Nexus regional workshop in Birmingham

The second EAL Nexus half-day workshop in West Midlands took place in Birmingham on Friday 20th March. Over 30 participants were able to listen to, and participate in, presentations from two EAL Nexus pilot schools.

EAL Nexus regional workshop

EAL Nexus is my new best friend – no more Facebook, Twitter, Google+

The first of twelve EAL Nexus regional half-day workshops took place in Bury on 23rd February. Over 45 colleagues attended two presentations given by the EAL Nexus CPD expert for the north west, Lynda Jackson, and the two pilot schools, Bowness Primary in Bolton and St Francis of Assisi Academy in Liverpool.  

regional half-day workshops

The EAL Nexus website is now officially launched!

Friday 3 October saw the official launch of the new EAL Nexus website, as part of the celebrations for World Teachers’ Day 2014. The EAL Nexus project targets teachers of more than one million young learners with English as an additional language (EAL) in UK mainstream education.

The EAL Nexus website launch

A win-win solution

A network of language colleges in Brazil, called CNA English Schools, has teamed up with FCB Brasil and come up with a lovely and innovative way to help their students practise their English. Called ‘Speaking Exchange’, the project puts together young people studying English at their language colleges with older people living in a retirement home in the United States.

A language college in Brazil

It’s green, all steam ahead!

On Thursday 24 July, the EAL Nexus project received its first monitoring visit from the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals (TCN). 

We are happy to announce that we received a green rating! This means that our funder is confident that our project is meeting its targets and that we are doing a great job!

We went through all the different aspects of the project and our visitor was very impressed both with the organisation and the contents and ideas of the project.

green light go ahead