Allocation of exam grades – information for parents and learners

In response to the Department for Education announcement that GCSE exams will be replaced with teacher assessment for the second year running, The Bell Foundation has created four guides, one each for learners, parents/carers, senior leaders and teachers.  The parent/carer and learner guides have now been translated into 17 of the most commonly spoken languages in the classroom. Teachers are encouraged to share the guides with parents and learners by email, by post, or face-to-face.

The other two guides, one for senior leaders and one for teachers, offer advice and suggestions on how to ensure the best outcomes for learners using EAL within teacher assessments. The impact of school closures on learners is likely to be considerable as many will have experienced some degree of learning loss during this time. For pupils using EAL this may also include potential language loss and be particularly significant for late arrivals to the UK school system and those who are new to English.

Resources linked below:

Guidance: Papers for senior leaders, teachers, learners and parents
Webinar Recording: Assessment arrangements for 2021: implications for learners using EAL
Webinar Recording: Teacher assessment in 2021: meeting the needs of learners who use EAL
Article: Teacher assessments 2021: Ensuring equity for EAL learners

EAL in the Early Career Framework

In the latest best practice article from The Bell Foundation, Silvana Richardson, Strategic Education Advisor for the Foundation, examines EAL in the new Early Career Framework. From September, it will become a statutory requirement for all schools to offer, and for all early career teachers (ECTs) to undertake, a two-year professional development support and training programme based on the Early Career Framework. The focus is on quality learning for all which means there is no mention of EAL within the framework.

The below articles, therefore, provide practical advice for schools on how to identify opportunities to apply an “EAL lens” as ECF sessions are planned and how to select, adapt and create materials based on the generic content.
Read the article in Headteacher Update (primary)
Read the article in SecEd (secondary)

Sharon Unsworth’s podcast: New episode about trilingualism!

Repost from Sharon Unsworth:

Many children around the world are growing up with not one, not two, but three languages (and sometimes more). In this episode of Kletsheads, we talk to Simona Montanari (California State University, Los Angeles) about what you can realistically expect from a trilingual child, and how best you can support their multilingual language development. There’s a bit of an Italian flavour to this episode because in Let’s Klets, we talk to an Italian-speaking mum living in London about how the lockdown has changed her daughter’s bilingualism, for the better. And our two trilingual Kletsheads of the week teach me some Czech and tell me why think it’s important to speak more than one language. Enjoy!

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