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:
- Thursday 27 June, 4.00-5.00pm – ‘EAL and Initial Teacher Training’ hosted by Dr. Yvonne Foley, University of Edinburgh and Dr. Jean Conteh, Leeds University. This webinar will present 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. Beginning with questionnaire surveys and in-depth interviews with both tutors and students in institutions across England, the research developed case studies of two university ITE providers, taking into account both the traditional PGCE route and employment-based routes, such as “School Direct”. Findings and recommendations from the project will be discussed alongside an introduction to sets of resources that are being developed and piloted as part of the study. Find out more and book your place here.
- The 2019-2020 webinar programme will be posted on this page in mid-July.
To find out more about, and book your place at, each webinar, please revisit this page three weeks before the webinar.
- ‘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.
To keep up to date with developments in our EAL Programme, and to receive notifications of new webinars, please complete the Contact Us form.