Research from the University of Oxford on the educational achievement of learners who use EAL consistently demonstrates how proficiency in English can provide essential information about their likelihood to succeed in school and potential need for support (Strand & Demie, 2005; Strand, Malmberg, & Hall, 2015, Strand & Hessel, 2018, Strand and Lindorff, 2020). To assist school staff in conducting meaningful assessments of learners’ proficiency in English and using the information gathered to make effective decisions about teaching and learning, The Bell Foundation has worked with leading EAL assessment experts at King's College London and the University of Cambridge to design a suite of freely available EAL assessment tools. These tools include:
- The EAL Assessment Framework for Schools (for primary and secondary)
- Digital EAL Assessment Tracker
- Classroom Support Strategies (for primary and secondary)
The Bell Foundation’s assessment tools are straightforward, easy-to-use, and have been designed with busy teachers in mind. They can be used to gather data to support the teaching and learning of learners who use EAL and to enable teachers to generate targets to guide progress. Through this on-going cycle of formative assessment, leading to individual target-setting and tailored support, learners can develop their English language skills, fully access the curriculum and fulfil their academic potential.