Embedding EAL Assessment: Primary (Online course)

16 September - 14 October 2019 09:00 am - 17:00 pm

This practical online course aims to support schools to embed effective practices for assessing the English language proficiency of pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL), leading to more targeted in-class support and improved learner outcomes for these pupils. It will introduce guidance, strategies and resources to enhance the ways school staff can draw on assessment information on English language proficiency to inform effective planning and teaching leading to improved learning, and to ensure that all learners with EAL are able to fully access the curriculum.

The course introduces practitioners to The Bell Foundation’s award winning EAL Assessment Framework for Schools and provides pragmatic, specialist guidance on using the framework within a context of what is realistic and what can work alongside existing assessment systems.

This three-component online course is designed to work around the busy lives of those within the education sector. With three hours of online study over a four-week period, this course enables practitioners to work at a manageable pace with plenty of time to process course content and apply relevant insights to the participants’ contexts. The course is designed to be highly interactive and collaborative, with opportunities to work with other course participants, course tutors and course material. Component two consists of a live webinar which actively encourages participants to ask questions and share best practice in real time.

A certificate will be awarded for successful completion of the course.

Who is this course for?

  • Primary practitioners
  • EAL co-ordinators
  • Heads of department
  • Other school staff with responsibility for EAL assessment
  • Teachers


 £35.00 Subsidised rate (for UK state schools)

The Bell Foundation will subsidise the cost of the course for state schools in the UK as part of its charitable objectives.  Bookings for state schools must be made using a school email address.

£52.50 Standard rate (for independent and international schools)

Independent and international schools will be charged the standard rate with the income generated enabling The Bell Foundation to further its charitable goals.

For all bookings please ensure the attendee’s email address is used, not a school finance officer or administrator to ensure that course messages and materials can be shared

For those who are not from a school (e.g. charities or local authority EMTAS teams) please email info@bell-foundation.org.uk for pricing information.

Component One:

Pre-webinar online tasks (with differentiated tasks for primary and secondary practitioners): completed at own pace over a six-day period

Time commitment: approximately 60 minutes between 16/09/2019 and 22/09/2019

Deadline for completion: Sunday 22nd of September 2019


  • To understand why assessment of English language proficiency of learners with EAL is important
  • To become more familiar with how The Bell Foundation’s EAL Assessment Framework for Schools can be used to support the teaching and learning of EAL pupils

Component Two:

Live interactive webinar with the course tutors:
•4pm -5pm on Tuesday 24th September: Webinar for primary practitioners

Time commitment: 60 minutes


  • To become more familiar with how to use the EAL Assessment Framework for Schools to arrive at a best fit judgement of language proficiency, monitor on-going progress and set appropriate language learning targets
  • To consider how the Framework could be used within individual school settings

Please note, attending the webinar is a compulsory component of the course so please ensure that you are available from 4pm -5pm on Tuesday 24th September.

Component Three:

Post webinar online tasks (with differentiated tasks for primary and secondary practitioners): completed at own pace over an 19-day period

Time commitment: approximately 60 minutes between 25/09/2019 and 14/10/2019

Deadline for completion: Monday 14th October


  • To practise using the EAL Assessment Framework for Schools within individual settings
  • To reflect on what needs to happen to fully embed the EAL Assessment within individual settings

Course Tutors:

Emily Curran joined The Bell Foundation as a trainer in September 2018. Prior to joining the Foundation, Emily worked in English Language Teaching (ELT) and taught both adults and young learners in the UK and Thailand respectively, before going on to become a teacher trainer in the ELT sector. Emily has a CELTA and DELTA and has also worked closely with Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign (CRRC) as a liaison for the English Language Provision.

Catherine Brennan joined The Bell Foundation as EAL Trainer in August 2018. Prior to this, Catherine worked as a primary class teacher and EAL specialist teacher for almost 20 years in both London and Bristol local authorities. She has a history of collaborating effectively with education leaders, school practitioners, EAL pupils and their families to develop and deliver inclusive practice, with specific expertise in EAL provision.