Online and Blended Training Courses

The Bell Foundation’s new online and blended (a mix of online and face-to-face) training courses are spread over a four to eight-week period and have been designed to work around the busy schedules of those within the education sector. The courses enable practitioners to work at a manageable pace with plenty of time to process course content and apply relevant insights to the participants’ contexts. The courses are designed to be highly interactive and collaborative, with opportunities to work with other course participants, course tutors and course material.

How the courses work

Online Courses:

  • Component One – online study to develop an understanding of the topic ahead of the webinar
  • Component Two - a webinar which actively encourages participants to ask questions and share best practice in real time
  • Component Three -  post webinar online tasks to practice what has been learnt and to reflect on what needs to happen in order to embed it in the everyday classroom
  • A certificate will be awarded for successful completion of the course

Blended Courses:

  • Component One – online study to develop an understanding of the topic ahead of the training session
  • Component Two - one three-hour, face-to-face training course which will run in various venues across England.  In this session practitioners can put into practice what has been learnt so far and explore strategies and resources for teaching multilingual learners within diverse classrooms.
  • Component Three - a post-course online task to practice what has been learnt and to reflect on what needs to happen in order to embed it in the everyday classroom
  • A certificate will be awarded for successful completion of the course

The proposed changes to the Education Inspection Framework from Ofsted, which could be implemented from September 2019, do not mention EAL pupils as a distinct group. Does this mean they are no longer a priority, or that their learning needs can be met without consideration of the specific support that they require? Absolutely not. In these evidence-informed, practical and active courses participants will explore what schools will need to focus on regarding teaching and learning in diverse multilingual classrooms to meet the needs of EAL pupils.

All Bell Foundation courses are informed by the latest research on English as an Additional Language (EAL), Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The courses also draw on the latest developments in pedagogy and the education sector, and are designed to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence of school staff so they can provide more effective support for EAL learners.

Participants at other Foundation training events said:

“An excellent session about the ways of supporting EAL pupils. For example, the importance of finding out about what a school is doing already. I had the opportunity to hear from others about their settings and to share good practise.”

“It raised interesting topics and helped me to more clearly understand my role as an EAL co-ordinator. It gave me a lot of ideas about directions to take in the future, and the confidence to train teachers to use EAL strategies in the classroom.”

The first course ‘Embedding EAL Assessmentis an online training course which starts on 10 June 2019.  Find out more and book your place here.

This October two new blended training courses will cover ‘Meeting the needs of multilingual pupils within diverse classrooms’ and ‘Embedding a whole school approach to improving outcomes for learners with EAL’ – to find out more and book your place(s) please click here.