at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly
Password is committed to helping schools deliver excellence in education for all bi/multilingual students. These learners are highly diverse; they range from newly arrived international students to domestic pupils exposed to home-languages other than English, and this makes providing highly effective support both a significant recruitment opportunity and a complex challenge.
In November 2023, we launched three days of in-person CPD aimed at improving understanding of these learners and their families, and sharing proven strategies which will help schools develop a truly welcoming community in which every student thrives, no matter their language background.
We hope that your school will find one of our chosen host locations suits you so you can participate in our journey towards being a community of ‘language-aware’ schools. The morning sessions will be led by our expert speakers, Dr Eowyn Crisfield and Dr Helen Wood, and culminate in a pedagogical focus. The afternoons will be best practice advice and collaborative ideas for EAL practitioners as well as university and schools admissions staff led by Password’s in-house experts and invited speakers ranging from Heads of EAL, leaders in the field of international education and educational consultants. Our guest speakers in March are Caroline Nixon (BSA) and John Zhang (Connexcel).
Workshop 1: Thursday 30th November 2023
Workshop 2: Wednesday 7th February 2024
Workshop 3: Thursday 14th March 2024 at Burlington House, Society of Antiquaries, London (Register below)
Dr. Eowyn Crisfield
Dr. Eowyn Crisfield is an applied linguist, author and educator, specialising in languages across the curriculum (LAC), including EAL/ELL, bilingual and immersion education, and translanguaging.
As a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, Eowyn contributes to the MA Education through the TESOL Strand and the PG Certificate Teaching Multilingual Learners. She also leads ‘The Multilingual Learner: From theory to practice’ as a professional development programme for the CECD. She is an executive committee member of NALDIC (EAL Subject Association) with responsibility for SIGs.
Over the past 20 years, Eowyn has worked with schools and organisations around the world. Password are delighted to bring her expertise to our community of partners and the wider independent school sector in the UK.
Who is it for: Academic leadership, Heads of EAL, subject teachers, admissions and marketing teams.
What to expect:
- Expert insight and proven pedagogical strategies
- Practical steps towards school improvement
- Collaborative networking and best practice sharing
Date: 14th March 2024
Location: Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BE
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Places are limited, and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, so register below.
“It was great to develop an understanding of the relationship between a learner’s cognitive development and their dominant language (L1). I now want to move the culture of my school towards being more inclusive in terms of multilingualism.”
“The day has given me the confidence and information I need to push for a whole school approach to multilingualism. It’s been awesome!”
“The expertise of the speakers was evident and the real world strategies incredibly useful.”
“I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to access this training. It has given me a super understanding of the strategies to use and, crucially, what not to do, when supporting multilingual learners.”
“As someone new to an EAL role, in a new role at my school, the whole day has been so valuable for guiding ideas to develop our support.”
“This was an invaluable day in terms of giving me the confidence to continue fighting for the approach I thought was right for my multilingual learners.”
“I found Eowyn’s suggestions on how to work with and support bilingualism quite eye-opening.”
“An excellent day, pitched at a genuinely high and challenging level, making it a great learning experience! I left feeling less monolingual myself.”
“More please! It would be great if we could convey this vision of EAL to all our staff. We need them to share it – it requires a change of mindset, just as has been experienced with SEND.”
“It was really interesting to learn about the importance of contextualising data we use with learners with EAL. The research into the academic achievement of bilinguals/multilingual learners and the problems with cognitive ability test data was startling.”