Assessing EAL Learners

Assessing EAL Learners

Course date: Friday 18th January 2019  – 9.00am – 12.00pm

Course venue: Whitehall Primary School


Target Audience: SLT; inclusion leads; assessment leads; English leads; EAL leads; KS1-KS4.

Facilitators: Catherine Brennan and Yasmin Malik – Better Bilingual

Context: The number of EAL learners in the UK continues to rise, with an average EAL pupil population of 17.9 % across state-funded primary and schools in 2016*. This is much higher in many inner city areas.  Amongst those learners exposed to another language at home or in the community, there is a broad spectrum of English language proficiency – which requires robust assessment across the fluency levels for academic success.


This course will:

  • support SLT interested in EAL pupil attainment in primary/secondary schools
  • inform about national/local EAL pictures
  • introduce an EAL assessment framework
  • explore good practice examples of how to embed EAL assessment in schools/MATs
  • signpost to useful resources for teachers


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.’


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

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