November 1st 2016
Cherwell School, Oxford
The inaugural RIG meeting was so successful that a follow up meeting was convened on November 30th dedicated to discussing the assessment of EAL pupils using the new DfE English Proficiency Codes ready to complete the January Census.
Professor Constant Leung from Kings College London delivered a fascinating talk about assessment of EAL learners and how to make sense of the new DfE requirements. This was followed by a lively discussion and sharing of practice by the schools represented. One of the key messages to come out of the discussion was that, in the light of so little guidance from the DfE about how to approach using the new scales, we are in a relatively unprecedented position to inform and shape policy in our own schools.
We all returned to our places of work after this meeting invigorated and ready to help colleagues and management to develop a fit-for-purpose assessment approach in our schools. One member of the Oxfordshire RIG said of the meeting, “With five secondary schools and seven primary schools represented, this small group of EAL practitioners has the potential to influence the educational experiences of around 1500 EAL learners.” We hope to see that number grow as the RIG develops next term.
Materials discussed last night (most are free, some are commercial tools):
- Prof Leung’s presentation slides
- NALDIC’s assessment guidance and resources (some resources are members only)
- Hampshire EMTAS’ guidance on the use of the EAL proficiency scales
- NASSEA EAL Assessment Framework
- WIDA Screener
- Student Oral Language Observation Matrix (SOLOM)
- Hounslow Language Services Assessing Proficiency in English for Pupils with EAL
- NALDIC’s EAL Journal – articles addressing the new scales (not available online – Issue 1, pp.25-28)