Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

Information on the Common European Framework of Reference.


The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is the mandatory assessment required by Department of Education (DE) to assess the level of English of all pupils designated as Newcomers to access funding. It is a set of benchmarks for English language acquisition; used to identify what pupils can do, monitor progress and plan for language learning.

CEFR has 4 levels; Pre-A1, A1, A2 and B1 in skill areas of Listening, Reading, Speaking & Writing.

When a pupil has achieved all the benchmarks at B1, across all skill areas, and the pupil is able to participate fully in class, then he/she is no longer considered a newcomer pupil.

Last updated: 04/05/2023