English as an Additional Language

Supporting Learners using EAL

Connect Teaching School has a wealth of experience in teaching and supporting learners who use EAL.  We are proud to work with The Bell Foundation as one of their Centres of Expertise and currently have 5 Bell Foundation Licensed Practitioners within our centre.

What it means to be a Centre of Expertise

Centres of Expertise are committed to building sustainable EAL provision in their regions and improving outcomes for learners who use EAL.

Centres are licensed, accredited and quality assured by The Bell Foundation to run Language for Result to schools in their regions.

Language for Results is a whole-school programme of high quality, evidence informed EAL professional development for schools. The courses, materials and resources are designed to develop the knowledge and skills of all school staff to ensure learners using EAL can access the curriculum and achieve their potential in school.

Each Centre of Expertise has a team of dedicated EAL trainers who are licensed and trained by The Bell Foundation to run EAL professional development courses for teachers and other school staff.

Why engage with The Bell Foundation/Centre of Expertise

Centres of Expertise provide a programme of training and support which:

  • Helps schools to build a whole school approach to supporting pupils who use EAL to access the curriculum and achieve their potential.
  • Builds sustainable in-house expertise by facilitating evidence informed teacher learning on how to support pupils who use EAL to fully access the curriculum
  • Equips teachers and TAs with practical, transferable strategies for the classroom, from basic communication skills to targeted differentiation techniques for pupils who use EAL
  • Engages school staff in learning through working on active and interactive tasks, tackling real issues and relevant scenarios, developing practical solutions, trying out new practices, and evaluating the effects on their pupils and the school
  • Provides school staff the time they need to learn new strategies in sufficient depth to apply them confidently to their practice
  • Allows school staff to reflect critically on their practice and on what they are learning

What is the offer

As a Centre of Expertise the Connect Teaching School can offer schools:

  • A needs assessment visit to determine strengths and areas for development within current EAL provision
  • A detailed report of practical recommendations, guidance and training to build sustainable EAL provision
  • A bespoke ‘whole school’ programme of training and support over a sustained period
  • On-demand training for individual schools from the catalogue of Language for Results courses (https://www.bell-foundation.org.uk/news-and-events/events/)


Further training can be obtained through The Bell Foundation’s national calendar of training events which includes online and blended (a mix of online and face-to-face) training courses.  To find out more about Centres of Expertise on the Foundation’s website go to https://www.bell-foundation.org.uk/eal-programme/language-for-results/centres-of-expertise/.  To find out about and sign up to events and courses with The Bell Foundation go to their Eventbrite page: http://bit.ly/EAL4Schools)

Further information on The Bell Foundation

The Bell Foundation is a charity which aims to overcome exclusion through language education by working with partners on innovation, research, training and practical interventions. Through generating and applying evidence, we aim to change practice, policy and systems for children, adults and communities with English as an Additional Language in the UK.

The EAL Programme aims to improve the educational outcomes of children with English as an Additional Language in the UK to benefit the individual child and society as a whole. The Foundation works in partnership with a range of organisations across the education system, to provide training and resources in order to build capacity, develop and evaluate models of good practice, and provide thought leadership.

Further information on Centre of Expertise offer and activities

If you would like to discuss, or enquire about, the offer provided by Connect as a Centre of Expertise please contact us on enquiries@connect-tsa.net