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The BAISIS programme of webinars provides a flexible solution to accessing our CPD programme. Our webinars provide the opportunity to engage with training in short bursts and without travel. It is also possible to access the webinars as a recording, enabling the chance for CPD on your schedule.

The broad range of topics addressed in our webinars include; immigration, marketing boarding, safeguarding, mental health, guardianship, gambling addiction and emotional crisis management to name a few.

For more information on pricing please email us on the links below and for information about our upcoming webinars, please visit our main events calendar.

2023-24 Archive

AUTUMN 2023

EAL students, just like English as a first language students, may have additional educational needs. For practitioners, these needs can be harder to identify without fluency in English established. There are a number of factors that can affect progress. This webinar will discuss methods to assess and identify EAL learners with language disorders and additional learning needs.

Recorded: December 06, 2023

Provision for EAL learners varies from school to school. Many make additional, tailored provision but much learning continues in the mainstream curriculum and therefore requires clear communication and teamwork from different staff across a school. The role of EAL coordinator is, at first glance, to manage the additional provision, including additional specialist staff, and promote EAL learning needs across the mainstream curriculum, providing support, updates and training to relevant colleagues. This broad role can often be misunderstood; this webinar will establish best practice recommendations for an integrated and comprehensive EAL coordinator role in mainstream education.

Recorded: November 22, 2023

Schools use a variety of baseline data to assess the academic competency of their learners. However, for EAL students, finding suitable tests can be problematic, and interpreting the data needs careful handling. This webinar looks at how to use baseline data to develop child-focused learning approaches, with particular reference to the EAL learner.

Recorded: November 15, 2023

Most schools’ statutory responsibility is to update their EAL policies annually. Our policies are important to establish the framework of values and activities your school is committed to providing and defining these both internally across our teams and externally to students, parents and other stakeholders.

This webinar, led by BAISIS Chair and Head, Mill Hill International, Sarah Bellotti, gives practical advice on what to include in your school’s EAL policy and how to ensure you deliver.

Recorded: November 10, 2023

Multilingualism is the use of more than one language by an individual or group of speakers. For education, current research focuses on the benefits to learning outcomes if schools encourage multilingualism. This webinar looks at what this looks like in practice in classrooms where there are multilingual learners and considers the benefits and possible challenges to encouraging multilingualism.

Recorded: October 18, 2023

For schools who sponsor international students, keeping up to date with an ever-changing immigration law landscape whilst navigating complex sponsor licence requirements can be burdensome. Our autumn BSA and BAISIS Visa and Immigration conference brings delegates the latest in visas and immigration relevant to the education sector, direct from the experts.

Addressing key issues from our members including changes to the Student and Child Student visa route, Student Sponsor Licence best practice, key CAS considerations and what to expect from Home Office (UKVI) inspections, select sessions combine to provide a holistic, sector-specific update. Delegates will hear from a host of experts and practitioners to develop wider knowledge, understanding and best practice around this critical area of compliance.

BSA and BAISIS will facilitate questions directly from members to our experts, including Home Office representatives, throughout the day and encourage delegates to come prepared with questions for our panels.

Recorded: October 10, 2023

As educators, we sometimes take for granted the impact that high mobility across cultures may have on our students. These experiences are a positive, additive experience; however, it can also bring disenfranchised grief and loss if the transitions are not manged well. In this webinar, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Gabriela Santacruz, explores through the lens of attachment theory, the challenges and benefits our international students experience, and how we might harness the benefits of having cross-cultural students in our schools.

Recorded: September 28, 2023

The event addresses feedback from international pupils at BSA schools on their concerns about entering university and is aimed at Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 international students as well as Heads of Careers, HE advisors and Heads of EAL.  The day is completely free of charge and schools may send as many members of staff and students as they wish.

Recorded: September 27, 2023

If EAL students are to make good progress academically, it is the responsibility of every teacher to address the needs of the EAL learner. This can be a daunting prospect for teachers who have not been trained in teaching EAL learners. This webinar seeks to give practical tips for the busy classroom teacher in how to accommodate the linguistic needs of the EAL learner so that they can fully access the curriculum alongside their classmates.

Recorded: September 20, 2023

2021-22 Archive

SUMMER 2022

In all stages of education, vocabulary is central to learning content.  Yet knowing which words to teach and how to teach them can feel overwhelming and time-consuming for many subject teachers.  This session began by helping those teachers to identify words that require explicit instruction.  It then explored strategies to develop vocabulary teaching in both depth and breadth.  The webinar concluded with activities focused on developing students as autonomous learners of vocabulary.

This seminar provided an overview of the statutory obligations which may influence a range of school policies which are relevant to students for whom English is an additional language, including an EAL policy.  It explored key considerations when developing a robust EAL policy and linked these to best practice examples from a range of different school contexts.

Early identification of additional learning needs is important if pupils are going to be effectively supported in their academic studies. However, it is widely recognised that it can be difficult to distinguish between concerns that arise because of a language learning need and those whose root is a specific learning difficulty. This webinar is aimed at identifying and evaluating approaches to identification and assessment of additional learning needs in EAL pupils.

SPRING 2022

This seminar gave schools and pastoral leaders practical ideas relating to mental health and wellbeing in relation to international students looking at specific ideas for both the school day and more specificly to their boarding lives too.

This webinar explained how culture has been defined and how it is being redefined.  It provided some tools to evaluate your school culture, developed an awareness of critical perspectives on culture and identity and demonstrated how to develop a school-wide culture where international students can build positive identities

AUTUMN 2021

This webinar focused on the importance of oracy for the international student and explored the links between meaningful talk and academic writing, cognitive gains, enhanced self-esteem and civic engagement and empowerment. 

This webinar explored the concepts of BIC and CALP. It considered why students need CALP and provided resources & strategies to help students move from BICS to CALP.

This was a practical course which helped delegates to consider how to support their pupils with both language acquisition and concept development in the mainstream classroom.

Understanding an international pupil’s level of English language proficiency and whether they will be able to fully participate academically and socially impacts everyone, from the learner themselves, to their classroom peers and teachers, through pastoral, administrative and support staff.  Making sure your school is in the best position to help your international learners thrive depends on being EAL aware – right from the moment the pupil and parent engage with your marketing materials and admissions teams.   This session is aimed to equip you with the basic knowledge required to become an ‘EAL informed’ community.