Unbound partnered with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Bell Foundation in 2013 on a project to commission a joint review to find out how to best narrow the attainment gap for English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners from disadvantaged learners. The groundbreaking review, “English as an Additional Language (EAL) and educational achievement in England: An Analysis of the National Pupil Database,” by Professor Steve Strand, Dr. Lars Malmberg, and Dr. James Hall, of the University of Oxford, was published in January 2015.
In February 2015, the three funders agreed to work together to fund and evaluate educational interventions in schools to raise the attainment of EAL students from disadvantaged backgrounds over the next three years.
Unbound Philanthropy has also partnered with the Bell Foundation to improve the educational attainment of EAL learners through researching best practice in Initial Teacher Education and developing and piloting modules with trainee educators with the long-term aim of them being adopted by education providers. This project is co-led by Yvonee Foley, University of Edinburgh.