Expressions Of Interest Invited – The Bell Foundation Lead Practitioner

Expressions Of Interest Invited – The Bell Foundation Lead Practitioner

We are delighted to be working with The Bell Foundation in improving outcomes for children in all settings across The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub reach.

Through generating and applying evidence, The Bell Foundation aims to improve policy, practice and systems to enable children, adults and communities in the UK that speak English as an Additional Language (EAL) to overcome disadvantage through language education.  It works with teachers at all stages of their professional journey following the golden thread of developing outstanding practitioners. The Bell Foundation – Changing lives and overcoming exclusion through language education (

We are looking for expressions of interest from individuals who would deliver training as a Bell Foundation Lead Practitioner on behalf of the Teaching School Hub.

You will be working with schools across Stoke, Staffordshire and the West Midlands as deployed by the Centre of Expertise hosted at The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub.

Please see below for the role profile and training time required to become a BFLP for your information. You will need to have your principal’s/headteacher’s endorsement when applications go live in after Easter 2023.

You will need to confirm:

  • You understand the remit of the role
  • You will need to complete 37 hours of self-study and online webinar training and be assessed on your delivery of The Bell Foundation materials
  • Your school leader has agreed to release you to undertake Bell Foundation delivery of training at a cost of £210

Please complete the expression of interest form

and applications will go live in after Easter 2023. 

If you have any questions, please contact


Support teachers and EAL learners in your region by becoming a Bell Foundation Licensed Practitioner (BFLP)

The Bell Foundation and The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub are working together to deliver Language for Results, a not-for-profit training offer for school staff which aims to improve the attainment of EAL learners in your region.

We are recruiting a team of experienced teacher educators to be trained as Bell Foundation Licensed Practitioners and to deliver Language for Results in local schools. Language for Results is a whole school programme which provides training and interventions designed to equip school staff with practical skills and strategies for supporting EAL pupils. Training ranges from whole-school language awareness sessions, aimed at introducing practical strategies for everyday classroom practice, to guidance on how to assess proficiency in English using the Foundation’s award-winning EAL Assessment Framework for Schools.

If you are interested in becoming a Bell Foundation Licensed Practitioner and would like to find out more about the training programme, please complete the expression of interest form on this link.

Bell Foundation Licensed Practitioners will have the opportunity to:

  • develop skills and knowledge as EAL teacher educators through initial training and ongoing CPD
  • acquire enhanced content knowledge and key skills to better support EAL pupils and their teachers
  • become part of a collaborative network of Licensed Practitioners around the UK
  • help develop and shape sustainable and high quality EAL provision for schools in their region
  • access the full suite of Language for Results training materials to use when training school staff

Initial Training

The ‘Becoming a Bell Foundation Licensed Practitioner’ course is a blended programme of approximately 37 hours. Participants can complete the online component in their own time, at their own pace, and without having to miss days of work. The face-to-face elements of the course will equip Licensed Practitioners to teach Language for Results courses to the high standard expected and will take a maximum of two days.

Candidates must meet a series of eligibility criteria (see attached) in order to be nominated by their organisation and must carefully consider whether they can demonstrate that they meet the criteria before they agree to be nominated.

The Bell Foundation believe in diversity, valuing difference and tolerance. We welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of first language, sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

If you are interested in becoming a Bell Foundation Licensed Practitioner and would like to find out more about the training programme, please complete the expression of interest form on this link.

Requirements for Bell Foundation Licensed Practitioner Candidates


Education Qualifications
Essential B.Ed., PGCE or equivalent
DesirableMasters in one or more of the following specialisms:

·         English as an Additional Language (EAL)

·         Bilingual Education

·         Teacher Education

·         Applied Linguistics

·         Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)

·         Second Language Acquisition (SLA)

·         English Language Teaching (ELT)

Post-graduate diploma in EAL, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), ELT or equivalent
Essential ·         An EAL teaching background[1]

·         Teaching experience in UK primary and/or secondary state schools

·         Track record of excellence in teaching

·         Staff training experience in a school context

·         Current knowledge about education, EAL and the state education sector in the UK

·         Knowledge and experience of factors impacting on the quality of teacher training including through observing and assessing teaching and learning

Desirable EAL materials design
Personal Skills/Qualities
·         Ability to work as part of a team

·         Ability to act as a representative of and ambassador for The Bell Foundation

·         Ability to meet deadlines

·         Flexibility

·         Good listening and communication skills

·         Ability and willingness to learn and evaluate.

·         Capacity to run training

In addition, to deliver Senior Leadership Courses and Train the Trainer Courses candidates will need to have experience in Senior Leadership posts, or working closely with Senior Leaders, and extensive training experience.


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