EAL Assessment Framework

From The Bell Foundation

Resource type: Assessment and progression

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Region(s): All of UK

The EAL Assessment Framework comprises The Bell Foundation’s award-winning EAL Assessment Framework for Schools alongside a digital Assessment Tracking tool.

The Assessment Framework is available for both primary and secondary schools and covers all EAL/bilingual learners, not just those who are new to English. It has been designed to enable practitioners to:

  • conduct meaningful assessments of learners’ English language proficiency across the four strands of language knowledge and use – listening, speaking, reading and viewing, and writing;
  • identify need and target support for all EAL learners;
  • monitor progress through the academic year.

Proficiency in each of the four strands of language knowledge is assessed using assessment descriptors covering five proficiency levels. The levels range from ‘New to English’ (Level A) to ‘Fluent’ (Level E).

The Assessment Tracking tool has been designed in Excel to be easy to navigate. It can be used for both formative and summative assessments and includes a progress reporting mechanism that produces visual and accessible snapshots of progress and attainment on a termly basis.

Cost: Free with registration.

About The Bell Foundation: The Bell Foundation is an independent charity that aims to overcome exclusion through language education. It works with partners to provide access to practical, research-based solutions and training for schools and other organisations that support children and adults disadvantaged through language.

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  • The EAL Assessment Framework and Tracker have been developed by The Bell Foundation in partnership with EAL assessment experts at King’s College London and the University of Cambridge.
  • The digital Assessment Tracker incorporates links to practical classroom strategies that support learners at each level of proficiency.
  • Guidance documents and video tutorials on how to use the Assessment Tracker are available.

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