Teacher guidance blog

4th March 2020

Mathematics and English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Author: Lois Francis, Ethnic Minority Achievement Adviser, Integra Schools, South Gloucestershire Council   It is often easier for learners who are new to English to cope […]
21st April 2020

Discussing learning in the mother tongue

Author: Caroline Scott, author and director   We are all faced with very different learning situations at the moment and home learning has become the current […]
12th May 2020

Calling home – working with a bilingual support partner

Author: Caroline Scott, author and director   If you have the opportunity to use a bilingual support partner to help families who have learners working from […]
3rd June 2020

Home learning during school closures: A minibeasts project for primary pupils

Author: Catherine Brennan, Better Bilingual   As I write this, it is Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18-24 May) in the UK, hosted by the Mental […]
4th June 2020

Assessment for learning: ‘Inside The Black Box’ for EAL learners

Author: Isabelle Bridger-Eames, EAL Specialist   Effective assessment for learning (AfL) is ‘informed feedback to pupils about their work’ (Shaw, 1998). As Broadfoot et al (1999) […]
30th June 2020

Transitioning between home and school learning: some success stories

Author: Caroline Scott, author and director   Transitioning successfully between extended home and school learning has been the struggle of every affected school, across the globe, […]
24th July 2020

The Learning Village makes the Teach Secondary 2020 shortlist

We’ve made it to the top again! The Learning Village secondary-level programme – The Islands – has been shortlisted in the Teach Secondary awards 2020. This […]
18th August 2020

EAL Learning – Achieving the right balance

Author: Isabelle Bridger, EAL Specialist   As educators, we are naturally reflective creatures, habitually revisiting lessons in our minds to see if we could somehow improve. […]
7th October 2020

An approach to EAL assessment

Author: Breda Matthews, EAL Specialist   Assessment in an EAL context takes many forms. It can be formal (e.g. tests and examinations), informal (e.g. teacher observations) […]
8th November 2020

Promoting effective student talk with dialogic teaching

Author: Eli Briasco, EAL Specialist   Think about the last lesson you taught to English language learners. I’m sure you did some form of planning beforehand. I […]
13th December 2020

Integrating language and curriculum teaching: a personal perspective

Author: Miranda Howell, EAL Specialist   For those of us who are EAL teachers in school, selecting our language learning outcomes is only one consideration in […]
4th January 2021

Text types: Helping English language learners to achieve the same learning outcomes

Author: Breda Matthews, EAL Specialist   Teaching in a way that is responsive to the diversity in our classrooms has a huge impact on the learning […]
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