Assessing and improving outcomes of EAL Learners

Assessing and improving outcomes of EAL Learners

Course dates: Monday 9th December 2019 and 13th January 2020  – 9.00am – 12.00pm

Course venue: Blaise Primary School

£85 per session or £150 for both

Target Audience: SLT; inclusion leads; assessment leads; English leads; EAL leads; KS1-KS2

Facilitators: Catherine Brennan – Better Bilingual

We are delighted to again partner with EAL experts, Better Bilingual to offer two morning sessions focusing on the outlines below, based on improving outcomes for EAL pupils through understanding how to assess children’s fluency and target next steps in learning.

Context: ‘There are now over 1.5 million pupils in UK schools with EAL, a figure which…continues to increase, with a fifth of primary pupils (21.2%) and 16.9% of UK secondary school pupils now classified as EAL.’

‘English as an Additional Language is a poor indicator of pupils’ likely level of educational achievement. Instead, it is their proficiency in English that is central to understanding achievement and levels of support needed.’

Strand & Hessel, 2018 – published by The Bell Foundation:

Purpose: The application of sound assessment principles with regard to English language proficiency.  ‘A successful assessment system will enable the teacher to understand thoroughly what is expected to be mastered by pupils at any given stage of education, and assess their progress towards doing so in a meaningful and fair way.’

Each session can be booked separately or as a pair together.

Outlines of the sessions:

EAL Assessment session 1:

This course will:

  • inform about national/local EAL pictures
  • explore research on the links between attainment and English proficiency
  • introduce a robust EAL assessment framework with associated resources
  • explore good practice examples of how to embed EAL assessment in schools/MATs
  • signpost to useful resources for teachers and other staff working with EAL pupils.

At the end of the course, participants will:

  • appreciate the variety of strengths & needs regarding English proficiency
  • understand why EAL assessment is needed to support pupil attainment
  • be equipped with key information and a variety of tools to begin embedding EAL assessment across age groups/curriculum.


  EAL Assessment session 2:

This course will:

  • provide an opportunity to reflect on successes and challenges from the EAL assessment gap task
  • evaluate whole school approaches to embedding EAL assessment across key stages, roles and curriculum areas
  • inform about the latest national/local EAL developments, including EAL assessment.

At the end of the course, participants will:

  • feel more confident and equipped to begin embedding EAL assessment across age groups/curriculum at whole school level
  • have reflected upon assessment provision and benefited from collaboration with peers and EAL specialists
  • have identified three actions to embed EAL assessment at whole school level.


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£85 per session or £150 for both

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