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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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Agenda for Network meeting – Wednesday 23 October, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Sans Souci

Tea and coffee on arrival

  • Welcome and brief update
  • Flash Academy – Matt Williams, education director will talk about the Flash Academy software and how it can be used effectively in schools. You will get an opportunity to try out the package so please bring a tablet or iPad .
  • Dr Halit Hulusi, lead educational psychologist, Solihull MBC will be talking about the emotional and psychological effects of being an EAL learner, with particular reference to new arrivals.

There will be opportunities to ask questions to both speakers and we hope this will be a lively and informative afternoon. To book a place (they are limited) please email . It is free for Solihull state schools.

Training for EAL co-ordinators, 11 November 2019, 1.30pm – 4pm, Sans Souci

This term we are offering half-day training for EAL co-ordinators. Whether you are new in post or have been doing the job for a while, this course will cover all the essentials you need to know for your role including:

  • Identifying EAL learners and managing data
  • Working with parents
  • Classroom strategies
  • Resources
  • SEN or EAL – distinguishing the difference

The course costs £70 – to enrol please email

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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

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