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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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This is an 11-week course, endorsed by the University of Wolverhampton, which covers a wide range of topics. These include the theory and pedagogy of teaching English as an additional language as well as strategies to support new arrivals, refugees/asylum seekers and more advanced learners. We will look in detail at all aspects of literacy as well as school policies and approaches to working with parents.

The course costs just £500 for the whole term. It will commence on Thursday 19 September and will take place at Sans Souci from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.The course has been very popular and we have had very positive feedback.

Email to book a place.

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.

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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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