The Bell Foundation is inviting expressions of interest from potential partners to join its expanding network of Centres of Expertise in order to support learners who use English as an Additional Language (EAL) to fulfil their potential. With over 1.5 million pupils in UK schools using EAL, a figure which has more than doubled over the last ten years, and with recent research demonstrating that speaking more than one language can have positive associations with achievement, there is a need amongst schools for evidence-informed training and support programmes. Learners who are competent and working towards fluency in English typically have higher educational achievement than their monolingual peers. However, learners who are new to English and developing their competency require support to develop the proficiency in English they need to reach their full potential.
In response to these findings, The Bell Foundation is developing a network of Centres of Expertise to deliver a cost effective, sustainable EAL Programme for schools, Language for Results. By creating regionally based Centres of Expertise the Foundation aims to increase the number of EAL learners that benefit from its evidence-informed approach.
The Bell Foundation continues to seek strategic partners to join its network.
Why become a Centre of Expertise?
“Working with The Bell Foundation, and the structure that the Language for Results offers, has given us this vehicle to determine and polish our best practice. Although at the beginning of our journey, we are pleased to have the support of the skilled experts within The Bell Foundation to share practice and develop our own professionals, giving them the specific skills that we need to share effective practice with all staff in our schools. The holistic approach of The Bell Foundation’s practice is one that mirrors our own ambitions for our schools.” Claire Needham, Connect Teaching School Alliance Manager and Centre Manager for The Bell Foundation’s Centre of Expertise in Boston.
The EAL Programme aims to improve outcomes for learners who use English is an Additional Language (EAL). The Foundation is prioritising partnerships with Teaching School Alliances or Multi Academy Trusts with strong networks that are able to develop as Centres of Expertise to build capacity and sustainable EAL support for schools in their regions.
Becoming a Centre of Expertise presents an opportunity to enhance and expand existing training offers to include high quality, evidence-informed EAL training via a licensed partnership with The Bell Foundation.
This is an exciting time to collaborate with The Bell Foundation as its EAL Programme is taken to scale and as its new webinar series is growing in popularity, featuring the latest research and showcasing best practice in EAL. The Foundation’s award-winning Assessment Framework for Schools, designed by a team of leading academics, continues to develop and gain wider recognition. New guiding principles on EAL assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage settings, and new resources to support deaf learners who use EAL, were published earlier this year.
Organisations which are currently unable to commit to becoming a Centre of Expertise may still be interested in hosting the face-to-face element of The Bell Foundation’s Language for Results Blended Training courses due to launch in the Autumn term 2019. For further information please complete the Contact Us form.