The Bell Foundation was established in 2012, and is part of The Bell Educational Trust Limited, created in 1972 by Frank Bell with the aim of promoting intercultural understanding through language education.
The Bell Foundation’s main focus is to work in partnership to create opportunities and change lives through language education for excluded individuals and communities, with the aim of changing practice, policy and public opinion through evidence.
The Bell Foundation has established two programmes to support its overarching aims and objectives. The EAL programme seeks to improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged children in the UK who have English as an Additional Language. The Language for Change programme seeks to contribute to reducing the re-offending rates of ex-offenders and prisoners who have English as a Second Language through removal of the language barrier to rehabilitation. Luton first is working with the foundation to deliver the EAL programme which at the time of writing contains six exciting and relevant programmes. They are as follows:
- Whole School Language Awareness – a workshop which gives an introduction to communicating with speakers of other languages
- Senior Leadership Support (Management training in EAL) – This workshop emphasises the importance of making your school ‘EAL friendly’
- Skills for EAL Teachers Educations (Train the Trainer) – A practical workshop which enables participants to confidently deliver effective training to teachers and trainees on Initial Teacher Training
- EAL Coordinator training – This course is an opportunity to learn and share best practice on how to meet the needs of EAL learners
- Teaching Assistants and EAL – This course is an opportunity for TAs to learn more about their role supporting pupils with EAL
- Knowledge about Language (KAL) – This course refreshes teachers language skills through ‘Grammar in the classroom’ and ‘Language in the Classroom’
We are working in partnership with Luton Local Authority to develop a hub for the Bell Foundation allowing us to deliver these and other more personalised programmes for Luton schools. This will all in place for the academic year 2018–19.
For further details contact Tracey Murphy on 01582 522121 or email .