The Bell Foundation’s series of free EAL webinars are aimed at developing and embedding expertise amongst senior leaders and EAL staff in school, as well as policy-makers, and academics.

Each webinar session will provide participants with unrivalled access to either academics, who will introduce participants to their research, discuss key findings and recommendations for policy and practice, and answer questions from participants during the session; or to EAL expert practitioners who will discuss their experience of working in this field, provide evidence-informed best practice advice and access to tools and resources, and answer questions during the session.

Each webinar will provide participants with:

  • Access to leaders in the field
  • Latest research, resources and tools
  • A time-saving, one-hour intensive session with Q&A
  • Access to video recording of the webinar after the event
  • First to hear about future webinars and how to sign up

Upcoming webinar times and topics are as follows:

  • Newly arrived pupils who are New to English’ presented by Katherine Solomon and Catherine Brennan, The Bell Foundation, will take place between 4pm-5pm on Thursday 30 January 2020. Newly arrived pupils who are New to English require intensive and targeted English language support from their first day at school to ensure rapid progress. This practical webinar will focus on the actions that schools need to take during the first three weeks to best support their newly arrived pupils. It will explore what arrangements need to be in place for learners with EAL before the admission, before the pupil starts, in their first days and during the initial weeks. Dos and don’ts for practitioners during this period will also be discussed.  Find out more and book your place here.
  • The full 2020 programme of webinars will be published soon and will include 'How long does it take to acquire Proficiency in English?' hosted by Professor Steve Strand, Department of Education, University of Oxford - details to follow.

To find out more about, and book your place at, each webinar, please revisit this page three weeks before the webinar.

Webinar recordings:

  • ‘English as an Additional Language and educational achievement in England’, hosted by Professor Steve Strand, University of Oxford. During the webinar Professor Strand examined the key findings from two of his research reports, ‘English as an Additional Language, proficiency in English and pupils’ educational achievement: An analysis of Local Authority data’ and 'English as an Additional Language (EAL) and educational achievement in England: An analysis of the National Pupil Database'.  Watch the webinar recording here.
  • ‘A Case for EAL Assessment’, hosted by Professor Constant Leung, King's College London, and Katherine Solomon, The Bell Foundation. During the webinar Professor Leung and Katherine Solomon presented a case for conducting a thorough and robust EAL assessment process that takes account of EAL learners’ cognitive skills and previous educational experience as well as their English language proficiency.  Watch the webinar recording here.
  • ‘Educational Outcomes of Children with EAL’, hosted by Jo Hutchinson, Director for Social Mobility and Vulnerable Learners, Education Policy Institute.  In this webinar Jo examined the research on ‘Educational Outcomes of Children with EAL’.  Watch the webinar recording here.
  • ‘Becoming confident in grammar for the classroom’, hosted by Katherine Solomon and Emily Curran, The Bell Foundation.  This webinar considered why it is important for pupils with EAL to have a solid command of grammar as a key part of their language development. The webinar looked in detail at specific grammatical structures that many learners with EAL have difficulty with and provided practical ideas of how to support learners in acquiring this language.  Watch the webinar recording here.
  • ‘EAL and Initial Teacher Training’ hosted by Dr. Yvonne Foley, University of Edinburgh and Dr. Jean Conteh, Leeds University. This webinar presented findings from a research project exploring the perceptions of both teacher educators and students as to what extent initial teacher education programmes fully prepare students to meet the language and literacy needs of EAL pupils.  Watch the webinar recording here.
  • 'English as an Additional Language and the new Ofsted Framework', hosted by Mark Sims, HMI national lead for English as an Additional Language. This webinar featured a review of the revised Education Inspection Framework (EIF) and handbook from Ofsted, which came into effect in September 2019. The review looked specifically at where there are implications within the new framework for inspectors and schools concerning pupils who use English as an Additional Language (EAL).  Watch the webinar recording here.
  • An introduction to The Bell Foundation EAL Assessment Framework for Schools Version 2.0 and Tracker Tool’, hosted by Katherine Solomon and Emily Curran, The Bell Foundation. This webinar provided a practical overview of The Bell Foundation EAL Assessment Framework for Schools Version 2.0. It featured a user-focused introductory guide to working with the newly developed EAL Assessment Tracker, which has been designed to support teachers and pupils throughout the assessment process. The webinar also provided practical tips for practitioners on using the Framework and Tracker within a school setting. Watch the webinar recording here.
  • Great Ideas for Learners using EAL: Substitution Tables’, hosted by Emily Curran and Kamil Trzebiatowski, The Bell Foundation. Pupils who use English as an Additional Language (EAL) benefit from activities which scaffold language as well as scaffolding learning. This practical webinar considered how substitution tables can be used by both primary and secondary practitioners within an integrated classroom to scaffold the language needed for curriculum learning. The webinar explored different types of substitution tables and considered the ways in which they can be adapted to meet the needs of all pupils who use EAL, from those who are new to English to more fluent users. Watch the webinar recording here.

To keep up to date with developments in our EAL Programme, and to receive notifications of new webinars, please complete the Contact Us form.