November 1st 2016
Department of Education, University of Oxford
The inaugural Oxfordshire RIG meeting on November 1st at the University of Oxford’s Department of Education was attended by fifteen educators (teachers, head teachers, governors and academics).
Four talks, were presented:
Prof Victoria Murphy spoke of Prof Steve Strand and colleagues’ analysis of EAL data in the National Pupil Database and her own systematic review on intervention studies designed to support EAL learners, which was carried out in collaboration with the Bell Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy for the EEF.
Hamish Chalmers’ described his EAL department’s efforts to facilitate mainstream colleagues’ engagement in EAL provision in an all through EY-Y13 international school. He shared practical advice and resources on how to approach the ideal of encouraging all teachers to be language teachers.
Melanie Tuck, EAL lead from Oxford Spires Academy, gave a fascinating talk about her school’s approach to EAL support, including a description of two programmes they use for new-to-English students – especially those arriving mid-way through secondary school.
Geerthi Ahilan from St. Ebbe’s Primary School explained how her school raises expectations and participation for EAL learners and how they extend language from the social to the academic, which includes encouraging parents to become involved and creates benefits beyond just language learning.