Language for Results
Effective support for EAL learners
Language for Results is a long-term, not-for-profit, evaluated training programme designed and delivered by The Bell Foundation. Working in partnership with schools, the programme aims to improve the attainment of young people who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL) by developing the knowledge and skills of all school staff. It is informed by in-depth research on EAL and educational achievement and school approaches to the education of EAL students carried out by leading universities.
The Language for Results programme has been developed by The Bell Foundation and is currently being trialled in groups and clusters of schools around the UK. Our delivery partners on the programme are Ormiston Academies Trust, Luton First Teaching School Alliance, Luton Borough Authority, the Britannia Teaching School Alliance, Mohr Language Support, Shireland Collegiate Aacdemy, Hartsdown Academy, The Cooperative Academies Trust, North Ormesby Primary Academy.
During the pilot phase of the programme, the Foundation worked with a secondary school in the East of England region – Thomas Clarkson Academy – which resulted in positive outcomes for the school and informed the development of the Language for Results programme. In the medium term, the Foundation aims to build new partnerships across the UK, developing sustainable EAL provision and regional centres of expertise which can share knowledge and skills amongst local practitioners and improve results for many more schools and EAL students.
What’s in it for schools?
We understand that every school is different, and therefore work together with schools to develop a tailored plan to meet the needs of children with EAL, from new arrivals with limited English to advanced bilingual learners. We aim to create the following outcomes for schools:
- Improved exam results for children with EAL
- More confident and skilled staff equipped to support children with EAL
- A whole-school, integrated approach to EAL
- Local centres of EAL expertise.
Our pilot phase partner school reported that the Language for Results programme helps them to develop a whole-school approach to EAL provision. Senior management and teachers in partner schools have praised our training programme’s transferability to the classroom, which is achieved by introducing practical strategies – from basic communication skills to targeted differentiation techniques for EAL pupils – and ready-made resources that can be used and embedded in everyday practice.
Features of the programme
The programme comprises four components:
- Needs analysis: a review of current EAL policies and provision
- Recommendations: a detailed EAL plan highlighting existing good practice and tailored support for your school
- Implementation: the design and delivery of a range of workshops for schools, with guidance on EAL assessment and resources from EAL experts
- Evaluation: a consistent, thorough and ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness and quality of the programme by our external evaluator, Cloud Chamber.
We work with a network of expert teachers, trainers and researchers in the field of EAL, including NALDIC, which means that the programme is well-informed and developed to a high standard.
The full programme usually takes three years to implement. The aim is to make schools self-sufficient and potential centres of EAL expertise – able to support and guide other local schools on developing their EAL provision. As such, the programme may be of particular interest to teaching schools.
The cost of the programme
Language for Results is a charitable, not-for-profit programme. Schools are asked to contribute to the running costs of the programme at a subsidised rate. Senior management are also asked to give their time, engagement and commitment to the programme in order to get results.
How to get involved
We have now recruited our final school partners for 2016 and 2017 to further trial and evaluate the programme. We are are still interested in hearing from groups or networks of schools on the Language for Results programme, particularly those based in the North West and Yorkshire & the Humber.
If you are interested in working with us, or would like to find out more about the programme, please email Emma Cleave on firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the online contact form on the right hand panel of this page.
Frequently Asked Questions
More information about the programme can be found on our Language for Results Frequently Asked Questions page.