Allocation of Exam Grades to Pupils who Use EAL: Guidance for Senior Leaders, Teachers, Learners and Parents

Guidance for senior leaders and teachers participating in allocation of exam grades to pupils with EAL

The links mentioned in the video can be found further down this page

As the Department for Education (DfE) replaces GCSE exams with teacher assessment for the second year running due to the pandemic, the impact on learners is likely to be considerable as many will have experienced some degree of learning loss. For pupils using EAL this may also include potential language loss and be particularly significant for late arrivals to the UK school system and those who are new to English.

The Bell Foundation has produced two guidance papers, one for senior leaders and one for teachers, offering advice and suggestions on how to ensure the best outcomes for learners using EAL within teacher assessments. The papers supplement the guidance issued by Ofqual by specifically focusing on considerations for schools in ensuring a fair and equitable assessment process for students using EAL and suggesting strategies for equipping learners with the language and skills needed to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and ability in teacher-led assessments.

Guides for learners and their parents/carers are available in 17 languages at the bottom of this page.

Links mentioned in the video:

  1. The Bell Foundation video on giving instructions
  2. Ofqual guidance: Submission of teacher assessed grades, summer 2021: info for teachers
  3. Ofqual guidance: Information for centres about making objective judgements
  4. Ofqual: Decisions on how GCSE, AS and A level grades will be determined in summer 2021
  5. Parent and learner Ofqual guides (available below)

Other helpful resources:

  1. AQA guidance on making GCSE questions more accessible
  2. Ofqual guidance: Awarding qualifications in summer 2021
  3. EAL Assessment Framework for Schools and EAL Tracker – a framework and tracking tool to help you understand and record progress and targets of your learners’ Proficiency in English in the context of the curriculum
  4. Webinar - Closing the gap: using formative assessment to help learners who use EAL catch up (Jan 2020) - this webinar provides practical tips and suggested procedures for carrying out formative assessment of Proficiency in English in class, which can help inform grade allocations
  5. Return to school guidance and resources – this contains written and video guidance on how to support learners who use EAL as they go back to school. This page looks at immediate and long-term advice to aid the educational recovery of learners.
  6. Parental involvement – this page supports schools with parental involvement at this time
  7. Teaching Resources – this section of the website contains a wealth of ready-made curriculum-focused teaching resources which have been developed and adapted to use with learners who use EAL at different levels of language proficiency
  8. Great Ideas – this section gives information on strategies that can be used to make curriculum content accessible for learners who use EAL
  9. Best practice article - Teacher assessments 2021: Ensuring equity for EAL learners (SecEd)

How will schools decide GCSE grades in 2021?

Guidance for learners and parents

Download these short, easy to understand guides for learners who use EAL, and their parents or carers. The guides provide information about how schools and teachers will decide grades in 2021, what learners and parents can do if they are not happy with a grade or grades and how learners can prepare for teacher assessments.

Teachers are encouraged to share The Bell Foundation translated resources and guidance with parents and learners by email, by post, or face-to-face. It is also suggested that teachers have copies of the relevant language flyer, and the English version for their own reference, during any conversations with parents and learners.

Guidance for parents

Guidance for learners

Webinar recording: Assessment arrangements for 2021: implications for learners using EAL
Webinar recording: Teacher assessment in 2021: meeting the needs of learners who use EAL