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English as an additional language

The English as an additional language (EAL) service supports both early stage EAL learners and more advanced bilingual/multilingual learners in relation to the acquisition of English. This guidance is aimed at teachers, parents, EAL coordinators, subject leaders and teaching assistants. The aim is to share knowledge and practice in this specialist field such that the learning needs of a range of pupils can be addressed.

The service is committed to:

  • raising achievement through educational inclusion; and
  • recognition of the knowledge, culture and language which bilingual pupils bring to learning.

The success and achievement of pupils depends upon a clearer understanding of their social, cultural and language needs together with knowledge of good EAL teaching practice.

The main aims of the service are to provide:

  • support for new arrivals who have been identified as requiring additional language or curriculum support;
  • information for parents concerning both the maintenance of first/home languages and their child’s acquisition of English and ways in which they may help;
  • advice for schools on the data collection and tracking of all EAL learners including advanced bilingual/multilingual learners;
  • advice on distinguishing the difference between special educational needs and additional language needs of bilingual/multilingual learners; and
  • guidance and training for schools and the local authority on all aspects of bilingualism/multilingualism including more advanced learners of English.


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A really innovative and exciting course that looks at supporting language across the curriculum for teachers, EAL co-ordinators and senior leaders. 10 week course beginning 28/09/2018 at Sans Souci. Cost: £650. For full details, please see flier attached below.

This 11 week training course for teaching assistants will take place on Thursday afternoons (1.30-3.30pm) at Sans Souci starting on 2nd May 2019. Cost £500.

For full details, please see flier attached below.

Please note that this course originally scheduled for 4th May has now been postponed and will take place on 22nd June instead:

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: Sans Souci

Charge: £70

The course will cover strategies for:

  • New Arrivals
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • More advanced learners of English

Audience: EAL co-ordinators,TAs, subject teachers, Inclusion managers, SLT.