100% of participants in the 2018 courses rated their overall satisfaction as good to excellent and 9.1/10 stated their intention to apply at least one strategy or technique from the training. Participants said the course(s):
“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.”
“[Were] excellent courses, very good lead trainers and resources.”
The Bell Foundation’s Summer School is a series of one-day English as an Additional Language (EAL) training courses for primary and secondary school practitioners. The courses aim to support school staff working in multilingual, multicultural and diverse classrooms. There are now over 1.5 million learners who speak English as an Additional Language, a figure which has more than doubled over the last ten years. Despite the growing numbers of EAL learners, research shows that training and support for schools, teachers and pupils remains inconsistent and can be difficult to access.
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 their EAL pupils.
All Bell Foundation courses are informed by the latest research on English as an Additional Language, Initial Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development. 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.
The 2019 programme runs from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 August inclusive and includes ‘Embedding EAL Assessment’ training linked to The Bell Foundation’s EAL Assessment Framework for Schools (winner of the Local Innovation category at the British Council’s ELTons Awards 2018). Courses also include ‘Meeting the Needs of Multilingual Pupils within Diverse Classrooms’, as well as courses for teacher educators, EAL co-ordinators and senior leaders.
A new pricing structure (which includes training, course materials, lunch and light refreshments) has been introduced this year:
- Super-early bird price, £135 per course (figure includes a 25% discount and VAT), available until 30 April 2019
- Early bird price, £157.50 per course (figure includes a 12.5% discount and VAT), available until 30 June 2019
- Full price, £180 per course (including VAT), available until the date of the course