EAL Assessment Framework

The Bell Foundation's award-winning EAL Assessment Framework for Schools (Version 2.0) and new digital EAL Assessment Tracker are available free of charge to all schools in the UK.

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“It has helped the EAL department show real progress from our students, as opposed to tracking them against the National Curriculum. Using the old system we couldn't see the progress as much but with The Bell Foundation assessment we can share the results with the students and parents to show real progress.”  EAL co-ordinator

Research demonstrates how proficiency in English can provide essential information about an EAL learner’s likelihood to succeed in school and potential need for support (Strand & Demie, 2005; Strand, Malmberg, & Hall, 2015, Strand & Hessel, 2018). To assist teachers conducting proficiency in English language assessment, The Bell Foundation has worked with leading EAL assessment experts at King's College London and the University of Cambridge to design straightforward, easy-to-use EAL Assessment Framework for Schools, Support Strategies and new interactive digital EAL Assessment Tracker, all of which are free to download.

These resources have been designed with busy teachers in mind, to support the teaching and learning of EAL pupils and to enable teachers to generate targets to guide progress. Through this on-going cycle of assessment, target setting and tailored support, English language skills can be improved to enable the learner to fully access the curriculum and fulfil their academic potential.  The EAL Assessment Framework and Tracker provide teachers with the tools they need to achieve this goal.

The Assessment Framework includes early years foundation stage, primary and secondary support strategies and provides practical ways to support EAL learners at each stage of their language development. The new EAL Assessment Tracker fits alongside other termly assessments and provides reports which shows progress which can be shared with teachers, pupils and parents and ensures accurate records of language development are maintained.

To download Version 2.0 of the EAL Assessment Framework and new digital EAL Assessment Tracker please:

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Download the full introduction to learn more about the EAL Assessment Framework, what makes EAL assessment unique, and how it can help teachers and pupils.

View the introduction

Guiding principles

Download the full research summary, which includes the guiding principles of EAL Assessment and the evidence underpinning the Framework.

View the guiding principles

User guide

Learn how to use and apply the Framework in your setting

View the user guide