March 8th 2017
Hampshire EMTAS Headquarters, Basingstoke
The main theme of this meeting was the Young Interpreter’s Scheme on which Astrid Dinneen from Hampshire EMTAS presented to colleagues from several different local authorities. It was great to welcome visitors from as far afield as Bristol and Bath for a stimulating discussion around this scheme’s potential.
Sarah Coles from Hampshire EMTAS shared an update on what Hampshire are doing with guidance for teachers using the DfE Proficiency Codes; this included a position statement on their use. It was agreed that assessment of EAL learners remains such a hot topic that our summer term meeting will be devoted to DfE and other measures of L2 language and literacy development.
A draft questionnaire for teachers about their EAL practice and their use of / lack of use of national and local policy for EAL was presented by Naomi Flynn for feedback from the group. This was an invaluable exercise for a researcher needing to ensure that the design would be meaningful for practitioners and have the potential to inform the profession.
Finally the group discussed the possibilities around developing an ‘EAL kitemark’ for schools. This is something that Bracknell Forest Local Authority want to pursue and there are plans for the RIG to bring thoughts together over time on what this might look like.