NEW: Guidance and resources for schools and teachers to support pupils who use EAL and their families to help mitigate any learning and language loss experienced during school closures.
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.
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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.