EAL Assessment Framework

The Bell Foundation's EAL Assessment Framework for School (version 1) is now available free of charge to all schools in the UK.

About the Framework

The EAL Assessment Framework for Schools has been developed by a team of leading EAL Assessment experts and is informed by robust academic research. We have also worked with teachers to ensure that it is classroom-friendly.

The Department for Education now requires all schools to include details of their EAL pupils’ English language proficiency as part of school census data, and the EAL Assessment Framework for Schools is deliberately designed to align with and support the DfE scales.

The Bell Foundation owns the intellectual property rights to the EAL Assessment Framework. You are not allowed to download the Assessment tool or any supporting documents for commercial use, such as the provision of training for which a charge is made.

The Bell Foundation’s EAL Assessment Framework for Schools pack includes:

  • Two sets of descriptors for primary and secondary
  • A detailed user guide
  • A set of sample pupil assessment profiles
  • A blank pupil assessment profile
  • Information on the academic research

We hope schools will find the Framework useful for the January school census deadline in January 2017, and beyond.

Download the Framework

Please register your details to download the EAL Assessment Framework for Schools. By entering your details, you consent to our privacy policy and to receiving EAL Assessment Framework updates, as well as information on EAL resources and events, from time to time.

If you have any queries about the EAL Assessment Framework for schools please contact us on eal.assessment@bell-foundation.org.uk

Support Strategies

Support Strategies for teachers and progress tracking tools.

The Bell Foundation is currently developing a series of support strategies and a pupil tracking tool to compliment the EAL Assessment Framework for Schools. The teaching strategies are designed to be used by class teachers to support EAL learners in developing the levels of English proficiency needed to be successful in accessing the curriculum. The strategies will map directly onto the individual descriptors within the Framework and will provide practical ways to support EAL learners at each stage of their language development. They will help bridge the gap between EAL learners and those pupils who have English as a first language. The pupil tracking tool will enable practitioners to monitor and record the progress of EAL learners which will ensure accurate records of language development.

These resources will be published in September 2017. They will support schools to meet the DfE school census (January 2018) requirements so they are equipped to report on the English proficiency of all their EAL learners.