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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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The English as an additional language (EAL) service is taking booking for our training course for teaching assistants (TA's) "Supporting children with English as an additional language in the classroom".

This 11-week course, beginning 9 January 2020, is held at Sans Souci on Thursday afternoons, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Here are some of the themes and topics we will cover:

  • Introduction to language acquisition
  • Identifying EAL learners in schools
  • Supporting new arrivals in schools
  • Supporting more advanced learners in schools
  • SEN or EAL - distinguishing the difference
  • Supporting literacy in schools

The course is run by the EAL service teaching staff and will cost £500

Please email to book a place

Publication subject:

There are a few spaces left for the EAL network meeting on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 from 1:30pm-3:30pm.

The meeting is aimed at EAL co-ordinators in both primary and secondary schools. Items on the agenda will include:

  • PiE collection update
  • Working with parents
  • Resources to use in your school
  • Good practice - examples from local schools

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and to network.

Publication subject:

You will be asked to fill in a table with the numbers of pupils you have at each code. For details regarding the codes and their definitions as well as information about how to generate a code for each pupil please go to our page on the Solgrid website.

The data is required for pupils from year 1 upwards. Many of you will already have the information and will simply need to complete the template and email it back to us.

You can use SIMS to update PiE and there is information about how to do this on the EIMS pages of the extranet here. Linked to this, EIMS has produced a SIMS report definition form which you can import into your SIMS system. The report is available here (this link is a direct link to a SIMS report definition file for installation).

We will be using the data to inform our risk assessments as well as to get a strategic view of the numbers and stages of EAL learners in the LA. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.

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