Call for new Individual Licensed Practitioners (2024)

We are seeking to recruit new Individual Licensed Practitioners (ILPs) in London, the South East and the North West of England to run English as an Additional language (EAL) training.  

You will be licensed by The Bell Foundation to run our EAL training and resources to schools in your region. This is part of Language for Results, our not-for-profit, evidence-informed programme which aims to support schools to embed impactful and sustainable EAL provision and develop inclusive EAL practices. 

Video explainers

These videos go into more detail about Individual Licensed Practitioners and Language for Results.

How do Individual Licensed Practitioners operate?

You will provide EAL training and support for schools in areas of high need, usually where there are significant numbers of learners who use EAL, and limited access to existing training and support. As part of your work, you can offer schools:

  • On-demand CPD for schools from the catalogue of Language for Results courses;
  • A school needs assessment to determine strengths and opportunities for development within current EAL provision;
  • A detailed report of practical recommendations, guidance and a CPD plan to build sustainable EAL provision;
  • A bespoke ‘whole-school’ programme of CPD and support over a sustained period.

As an organisation or individual, you will already have a proven track record of supporting schools in developing their EAL provision. You will be committed to improving the attainment levels of children who use EAL and will have capacity to run EAL training on a regional basis. We have existing partnerships in a range of settings, including Local Authorities, Multi Academy Trusts, as well as individual consultants.

Why become an Individual Licensed Practitioner?

There are more than 1.7 million pupils in state-funded primary and secondary schools in England who use EAL. This number reflects the diverse, multilinguistic landscape in which teachers and other school staff are working, with research suggesting that nearly half of all teachers teach in diverse classrooms (OECD TALIS Country note, 2019).

However, a Teacher Tapp survey of 6447 teachers in May 2022 found that many do not feel confident in supporting pupils who use EAL. This aligns with research commissioned by The Bell Foundation with the University of Edinburgh which found that many student teachers and teacher educators feel that they lack confidence and experience as they work to address the learning needs of pupils using EAL.

Learners using EAL are an asset to their schools, bringing with them rich linguistic resources, as well as life and learning experiences that can support the development of diverse, inclusive, multilingual communities. However, there are specific groups of pupils using EAL who are at risk of underachieving including:

  • Those who are new to English or in the early stages of English language acquisition;
  • Those arriving late into the school system;
  • Those who speak certain first languages;
  • Those from economically disadvantaged households.

It is therefore important that all schools develop and embed appropriate systems, classroom practices and staff training to ensure the linguistic, academic and wellbeing needs of learners using EAL are fully met. As an Individual Licensed Practitioner, you will be well positioned to support schools with the task of developing sustainable, impactful EAL provision.

How to become an Individual Licensed Practitioner

If you or the organisation you work for have experience in providing excellent EAL support for schools, and are based in London, the South East, or the North West, there are two forms to complete:

  • Expression of Interest form: this is to completed at an organisational level.
  • Individual Licensed Practitioner application form: this is to be completed by the individual interested in becoming an ILP.

Further details about the application process are included in the video.

Email your forms to julianne.wright@bell-foundation.org.uk. Deadline is 1 March 2024.

Upcoming courses and webinars

How to Adapt Teaching for Learners Who Use EAL (Online Course)

Date
17 September 2024
Time
9:00am
Price
£45 – £67.50
Type
Online course

Leading a Whole-School Strategy for EAL (Online Course)

Date
15 January 2025
Time
9:00am
Price
£45-£67.50
Type
Online course

Embedding EAL Assessment (Online Course)

Date
23 April 2025
Time
9:00am
Price
£45-£67.50
Type
Online course

Teaching Assistants: Working With Learners Using EAL (Online Course)

Date
10 June 2025
Time
9:00am
Price
£45 – £67.50
Type
Online course