EAL assessment frameworks, models and useful documents for classroom teachers
Currently teachers are required to use the DfE’s 5 stages of proficiency in English when monitoring the EAL development of bilingual pupils. However most teachers find that this is not enough.
Screening and identification of proficiency level, whilst necessary for data gathering to establish a school’s EAL profile, is not a sufficient basis for curriculum based EAL assessment or the planning of EAL provision. An understanding of pupils’ backgrounds and developmental pathways are also needed.
Some schools use ‘Assessing Pupil Progress’ materials or a form of EAL scales to assess EAL learners’ development in English.