Overview

23 Feb, 20219:00 am-3:00 pm
Online

This EAL education event will assess the current landscape of education for pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL), examining the impact of COVID-19 on pupil progress, evaluating and planning for further catch up activities.

This EAL education event will assess the current landscape of education for pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL), examining the impact of COVID-19 on pupil progress, evaluating and planning for further catch up activities. Sector leaders will share the latest research and policy-related updates as they explore with delegates how to enhance teaching and learning for pupils with EAL. Attendees will discuss successful methods for improving educational outcomes with outstanding school and local authority case studies, including through better data usage, engaging the local community in pupil progress and increasing development opportunities for staff to improve teaching techniques that better support EAL pupils. In addition, examining the latest research, attendees will explore the future direction of EAL.

Key Features of an Online IG Event

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Next generation conference engagement platform
  • Topic based discussion groups

Key Speakers

Diana Sutton photo
Diana Sutton
Director
The Bell Foundation
Dr Victoria Murphy photo
Dr Victoria Murphy
Chair
NALDIC
Katherine Solomon photo
Katherine Solomon
Training Manager
The Bell Foundation
Professor Steve Strand photo
Professor Steve Strand
Professor of Education
University of Oxford
Maddalaine Ansell photo
Maddalaine Ansell
Director of Education
British Council
Mark Sims photo
Mark Sims
National Lead for English as an Additional Language
Ofsted

Other Speakers

Dr Julia Hofweber photo
Dr Julia Hofweber
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology and Human Development, Institute of Education, UCL
Member, Bilingualism Matters London

Agenda

9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Event Platform

Use this time to explore the agenda for the day and make new connections with peers.

A short explainer video will help you explore how to make the most of our new next generation Conference platform.

You’ll be able to create networking meet ups, access content on demand and use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address

The chair will outline the key themes for the day, which will include policies and best practice around the catch-up period for pupils using EAL, following COVID-19, the longer-term vision for blended learning in relation to EAL, and how to ensure pupils are supported in line with their achievement potential.

Professor Constant Leung
Professor Constant Leung
Professor of Educational Linguistics, King’s College London
Founder, NALDIC
Confirmed
9:40 am
Bell Foundation Policy Update: Outlining the Policy Context for Learners Using EAL
  • Considering the policy landscape for pupils with EAL prior to COVID-19, and how that has changed in the past year as a result of the pademic
  • Discussing the next steps for school leaders and teachers to help boost attainment for learners with EAL ahead of 2021 exams and assessments, and how to maximise support for this
Diana Sutton
Diana Sutton
Director
The Bell Foundation
Confirmed
10:00 am
NALDIC Guidance Update: Driving Improvements to EAL Teaching with Evidence from the COVID-19 Period
  • Reviewing the current EAL research and evidence landscape, and outlining how COVID-19 has changed understandings of what works and how, to deliver the best teaching and learning opportunities
  • Exploring the use of English proficiency assessments, how data was collected and used during the national lockdown, and how this is feeding into current catch-up efforts
  • Sharing research findings from the study on multi-lingual families during lockdown, and how evidence may be used to inform EAL policies and practice
  • Discussing how school leaders and teachers should make best use of research to enhance education provisions that support pupil progress
Dr Victoria Murphy
Dr Victoria Murphy
Chair
NALDIC
Confirmed
10:20 am
Interactive Discussion and Ideas Sharing Session

This session will enable attendees to continue discussions in smaller groups around two key issues. Led by sector experts, participants may join a discussion group around policies and funding related to EAL, or around the latest evidence and teaching practices, to boost support at a school-level.

10:50 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:10 am
How to Increase Primary School EAL Attainment Levels Through a Whole-School Approach
  • Discussing how to develop an effective EAL policy which aligns with a school’s equality policy, and places pupils into classes or groups based on their potential rather than proficiency when joining
  • Sharing ideas around the creation of a ‘how our school works’ video or presentation for new joiners, involving all pupils and staff, to explore the structure of the English school system, as well as the individual school
  • Understanding what a successful school-parent engagement plan looks like, and sharing advice for implementing this in different contexts within your own school
  • Exploring the training and coaching needs of EAL welfare staff as well as teachers, to consistently ensure a safe and supportive environment for all pupils at primary age
Claire Evans
Claire Evans
Deputy Headteacher
Anderton Park Primary School
Confirmed
11:30 am
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function.

11:40 am
Practical Insights Session: How Can You Enhance EAL Teaching and Learning at KS3 and KS4?
  • Identifying the differences between the acquisition of everyday language and academic language in a classroom setting
  • Recognising the importance of oral activities which use dialogue to broaden vocabulary and  to prepare students for written tasks
  • Analysing the structure of different text types  to plan teaching in key subject areas
  • Designing scaffolded reading and writing activities to improve students’ comprehension and production of written texts
Steve Cooke
Steve Cooke
Expert, The EAL Academy
Author, Collaborative Learning Activities in the Classroom
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function.

12:20 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

12:50 pm
Ofsted Inspections Update: Raising the Standards of EAL Teaching and Support Through Inspections
  • Outlining how the Education Inspection Framework relates to EAL provision, and the expectations for support to be provided by school leaders and teachers
  • Sharing best practice from outstanding schools providing quality opportunities for progression for pupils with EAL
  • Exploring the effect of COVID-19 on pupils with EAL, and how Ofsted will be looking at schools’ efforts to ensure the necessary catch-up strategies are in place for these children in particular
  • Considering Ofsted’s expectations around the use of data in schools for pupils with EAL, and advising on how to make best use of this to boost progress and attainment
Mark Sims
Mark Sims
National Lead for English as an Additional Language
Ofsted
Confirmed
1:10 pm
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function.

1:20 pm
Workshop: Effective Approaches for Blended Learning to Support Pupils with EAL
  • Examining traditional approaches to blended learning, how these have been scaled up in light of COVID-19, and further adapted to suit the needs of learners using EAL
  • Sharing practical ideas for both in the classroom and online, to support progress among learners using EAL
  • Exploring ways of simultaneously teaching pupils with EAL remotely and in person, if this kind of blended learning approach is required, for example when pupils are in bubbles
Katherine Solomon
Katherine Solomon
Training Manager
The Bell Foundation
Confirmed
2:00 pm
Research Analysis: How Long Does it Take Pupils to Acquire Proficiency In English?

During this session, Professor Strand will draw on his latest research projects, including that conducted through 2020, to discuss questions including:

  • How long does it take pupils to acquire proficiency in English?
  • How long do pupils need special language support?
  • How does the level of support needed for gaining oral proficiency differ to gaining academic proficiency?
  • Do any particular groups of pupils, or types of schools, take longer to acquire proficiency?
Professor Steve Strand
Professor Steve Strand
Professor of Education
University of Oxford
Confirmed
2:25 pm
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function.

2:30 pm
Interactive Panel Discussion: What Can We Learn From International EAL Best Practice
  • Exploring how bilingualism is approached in other countries, how this affects the uptake of languages, and pupils’ proficiency, particularly in English
  • Understanding the nuances around teaching and pedagogy required by language learners in different communities, and how to adapt approaches in the UK for learners from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  • Discussing ways of fostering effective partnerships with schools in different countries, for a long-term approach to learning from staff and pupils and utilising innovative methods for enhancing EAL
Maddalaine Ansell
Maddalaine Ansell
Director of Education
British Council
Confirmed
Iwona Sokołowska
Iwona Sokołowska
EAL Leadership
British International School of Wrocław
Invited
Dr Julia Hofweber
Dr Julia Hofweber
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology and Human Development, Institute of Education, UCL
Member, Bilingualism Matters London
Confirmed
Pirjo Suhonen
Pirjo Suhonen
Founder and Learning Facilitator
ALO Finland
Invited
3:00 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close

Please note that attendees will be able to access all the event resources and replay sessions for up to 30 days after the event.

*Programme subject to change

Professor Constant Leung
Professor Constant Leung
Professor of Educational Linguistics, King’s College London
Founder, NALDIC
Confirmed

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed for Primary and Secondary Schools. Typical job titles will include:

 

  • EAL Advisers
  • EAL Coordinators
  • Heads of EAL
  • Headteachers
  • Principals
  • Assistant Headteachers
  • Directors of Inclusion
  • School Governors
  • EAL Teachers
  • MFL Teachers
  • Strategic Education Leaders
  • Inclusion Managers
  • School Improvement Advisers
  • Head of Schools Standards and Effectiveness
  • Directors of Languages
  • Language Advisers
The Forum is also open to Local Authorities to encourage discussion and networking.

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