Blog: New research on EAL learners shows the importance of looking behind headline attainment data

The Bell Foundation, together with Unbound Philanthropy and the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, has published research on the educational attainment of children with English as an Additional Language (EAL) undertaken by Professor Steve Strand and Dr Ariel Lindorff. Hot on the heels of the report ‘English as an Additional Language: Proficiency … Continued

New Report: Proficiency in English is central to understanding the educational attainment of learners using EAL, but how long does it take to achieve, and what support do these learners need?

Research ‘English as an Additional Language: Proficiency in English, educational achievement and rate of progression in English language learning’¹ published today by the University of Oxford, The Bell Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy is the latest report in a research programme on English as an Additional Language (EAL).  The report provides vital insights into how long … Continued

Research provides evidence on why the Department for Education should reintroduce the Proficiency in English Scale

Download the report The University of Oxford, The Bell Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy, have today published a report ‘English as an Additional Language, proficiency in English and pupils’ educational achievement: An analysis of Local Authority data’. The report highlights that learners with English as an Additional Language (EAL) are a heterogeneous group, and that the … Continued

Department for Education withdraw requirement for schools to assess English language proficiency

Following the new ‘School Census 2018 to 2019’ guidance published by the Department for Education (DfE) this morning which states that ‘The collection of data item <ProficiencyInEnglish> (N00196) is no longer required by the department and, as such, it is removed from the school census collection from spring 2019 onwards’, Diana Sutton, Director, The Bell Foundation … Continued