Changing lives and overcoming exclusion through language education

Through generating and applying evidence, The Bell Foundation aims to improve policy, practice and systems to enable children, adults and communities in the UK that speak English as an Additional Language (EAL) to overcome disadvantage through language education.

Making a difference

The Foundation influences policy and practice across the UK by generating and disseminating research; through the robust assessment of projects to identify which techniques have the most impact in supporting learners with EAL; by contributing to the development of public policy; through keynote speaking at national conferences; and through the publication of articles and news stories.  As a result of this, and the programmatic activity, over 3,000 teachers who work with learners who use EAL have been trained and all schools in England have received best practice articles, and over 8,000 individuals involved in the criminal justice system have been reached.

  • Evidence-informed
  • Experts in EAL
  • Thought leaders
  • CPD providers

The programme seeks to improve the educational outcomes of children in the UK who use English as an Additional Language (EAL), in order to benefit the individual child and society as a whole.

This new programme seeks to enable young people to develop their English language skills as a means to achieving their social, education and/or employment goals.

The programme seeks to break down the language barrier to accessing justice and rehabilitation for individuals in contact with the criminal justice system for whom English is an Additional Language.

Enabling the international education sector to develop and embed EAL provision and expertise within their school and improve the educational outcomes of children using EAL.

About The Bell Foundation

The Bell Foundation is a charity which aims to overcome exclusion through language education by working with partners on innovation, research, training and practical interventions.

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Blog: How to use the EAL Learner Proficiency, Attainment and Progress Maps

The Bell Foundation has commissioned a series of maps to illustrate where the need for EAL support may be most acute at local authority, and school level, in England.

Blog: How schools can support the language needs of refugees from Afghanistan

In the coming months schools will be welcoming refugees who have arrived through the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) and the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS). The Bell Foundation has a number of freely available resources and guidance which may be useful for school staff who are welcoming new pupils arriving as refugees or asylum seekers and who may have limited proficiency in English. This blog will outline some of the key suggestions with links for more detail and further resources.