Blended Course: Meeting the Needs of Multilingual Pupils within Diverse Classrooms

7 October - 29 November 2019 09:00 am - 17:00 pm

The newly proposed Education Inspection Framework from Ofsted, which could be implemented from September, does not mention EAL pupils as a distinct group. Does this mean they are no longer a priority, or that their learning needs can be met without consideration of the specific support that they require? Absolutely not.

This blended course (a mix of online and face-to-face components), with differentiated material and content for primary and secondary practitioners, will explore what schools may need to focus on regarding teaching and learning diverse multilingual classrooms to meet the new inspection standards. This highly practical, evidence-informed course will explore how to embed targeted support, so that all EAL learners can fully access the language of the curriculum, develop their English and achieve in school.

The course aims to introduce practitioners to practical guidance, strategies and resources focused on enhancing learning outcomes for all EAL learners within a context of what is realistic and what works within a diverse multilingual classroom.

This three-component blended course is designed to work around the busy lives of those within the education sector. With five hours of study, comprised of three hours face-to-face and two hours online, this course enables practitioners to work at a manageable pace with plenty of time to process course content and apply relevant insights to their contexts. The course is designed to be highly interactive and collaborative, with opportunities to work with other course participants, course tutors and course materials.

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

Who is this course for?

  • Teachers
  • Heads of department
  • Teaching assistants
  • EAL co-ordinators

Component One:

Online tasks (with differentiated tasks for primary and secondary practitioners): completed at participants’ own pace over a two-week period

Time commitment: Approx. 60 minutes between 7/10/2019 to 20/10/2019

Deadline for completion: 20/10/2019


  • To get to know the course, fellow course participants and the course tutor
  • To reflect on the place of EAL learners within the national context
  • To share areas of best practice for teaching multilingual learners within a diverse classroom

Component Two:

Face-to-face, half day training (3 hours), to take place in late October/early November at three locations (including Middlesbrough on 8 November 2019 and Birmingham on 14 November 2019).  Full details to be issued to participants before the end of the Summer Term.

Time commitment: Three hours


  • To explore the particular needs of EAL learners through the use of case studies
  • To explore a range of strategies and resources for teaching multilingual learners within a diverse classroom

Component Three:

Post-course online tasks (with differentiated tasks for primary and secondary practitioners): completed at own pace over three-week period

Time commitment: Approx. 60 minutes between 08/11/2019-29/11/2019

Deadline for completion: 29/11/2019


  • To plan a mainstream lesson (with English language targets and appropriate strategies) with (an) EAL learner(s) in mind
  • To teach the lesson and reflect on the successes and areas for development

Course Tutor:

Kamil Trzebiatowski joined The Bell Foundation in September 2018 and holds the post of Digital Resource Developer. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kamil spent 18 years teaching English as a Foreign Language and English as an Additional Language (Poland, England and Scotland) in mainstream secondary classrooms. He was an EAL co-ordinator at a secondary school as well as an EAL consultant/trainer (2014-2018). Kamil holds an MA in Corpus Linguistics and an MEd in Inclusive Education.

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