EAL Conference at UWE with Mark Sims Ofsted lead on EAL, Professor Simon Burgess on the positive impact of children of recent migrants on attainment of all pupils and workshops including new DfE Proficiency in English levels, EAL assessment and tracking. EAL Flyer Conference Final Version (002).docx
Part of the purpose of marking Holocaust Memorial Day is for us to understand that genocides happen in a context, there are steps that lead to genocides. The process begins with stereotyping, dehumanising of others, discrimination, hatred and racism. We need to recognise these steps and as individuals, groups, society, and through our political representatives, we need to act against these steps, we need to prevent the process that leads to genocide.
For more information please see: Holocaust Memorial Day 2016
A recent study of decapitated Roman era skeletons, using cutting edge genome technology, provides further evidence of the presence of people from diverse backgrounds in Roman Britain. Professor Matthew Collins, who co-ordinated the scientific analysis, said “… our sample of the genomes of seven of them ….. .. indicate six to be of British origin and one to have origins in the Middle East. It confirms the cosmopolitan character of the Roman Empire even at its most northerly extent. This is the first refined genomic evidence for far-reaching ancient mobility …”
The Book Trust provide a free online picture book with audio in English and 20 other languages, great for children new to learning English or for supporting the continued development of children's first languages.
Audio in: Arabic, Bengali, Dutch, French, German, Gujarati, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Luganda, Mandarin, Polish, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Tigrinya, Urdu, Welsh
Yet another study has demonstrated the benefits of bilingualism. The study, from the same team that showed bilingualism protects against dementia, showed that bilingualism aids recovery after strokes. You don't have to be bilingual to improve cognitive outcomes after strokes. Learning another language or learning to dance can also improve cognitive outcomes after strokes.
Impact of Bilingualism on Cognitive Outcome After Stroke
A recent analysis of 2,000 year old bones from London has demonstrated that diversity is anot a recent phoenomenon. One example was of a 14 year old girl whose DNA showed she grew up in North Africa and was of mixed heritage. Advances in the use of DNA evidence have given evidence of the appearance and ethnicity of London's original inhabitants.
London was diverse 2,000 years ago - BBC News
Advice for parents to help protect their children when online translated into: Arabic, Bengali, French, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese and Welsh.
Survey of 6,000 school children reveals they are misinformed about immigration and hold negative attitudes towards Muslims.
Article by Zach Stafford on the importance of tackling racism.
Article on multilingual families, families where parents do not share the same first language
A discussion on the benefits of bilingualism with: Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics; Ellen Bialystok, Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and cognitive neuroscientist; Gustavo Perez Firmat, writer and academic.
Show Racism The Red Card is an anti-racism educational charity. It holds an annual schools competition with great prizes, England football shirts, club football shirts, match tickets. Details of the competition: http://www.srtrc.org/educational/competitions/england
A recent article exploring different approaches to including and teaching pupils new to English - click here to read the article
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