The Bell Foundation: ITT Evidence-informed EAL content recommendations for ITE curricula in line with the ITT Core Content Framework
19 May 2020
The link to download the full guidance can be found here: https://www.bell-foundation.org.uk/eal-programme/initial-teacher-training/
The ITT Core Content Framework defines the minimum entitlement of all student teachers, and does not set out the full ITT curriculum. It ‘deliberately does not detail approaches specific to particular additional needs’ (2020:6), devolving responsibility to individual providers for designing appropriate curricula for their student teachers in the contexts in which they will be teaching. The framework also stipulates that student teachers ‘will continue to be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards only’ (ibid.). Of particular relevance to EAL pupils is Standard 5 of the Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2011), which specifies that teachers must ‘have a clear understanding of the needs of all pupils, including […] those with English as an additional language’ […]; and that they must ‘be able to use and evaluate distinctive teaching approaches to engage and support them.’ (2011:11-12). It is therefore important to take this requirement into account when designing new ITE curricula, and to include content regarding approaches that are particularly impactful for teaching and assessing the learning of multilingual pupils in diverse classrooms.