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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.

All EU nationals currently residing in the UK  will need to apply to the Home Office if they wish to  settle and remain in the UK long-term.   The deadline date for applications  is  30th June 2021.  Any EU nationals that do not apply for settlement before this date will be required to leave the UK after 30th June 2021.

Migrant UK provides a free support service  to the most vulnerable  EU nationals, this includes:

  • Victims of Modern Slavery/Trafficking
  • Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Elderly
  • Young children who have left Care
  • Children in Care
  • Gypsy/Roma/Traveller Communities
  • Homeless /Rough Sleepers
  • People with Disabilities  or Serious Health Conditions
  • May require “Other” support such as Technology, Digital assistance, Language Needs etc.

The leaflets here are in multiple languages and explain the current situation with regards settled status. Please feel free to share these with families who may benefit.

EUSS leaflet Bulgarian
EUSS leaflet Czech
EUSS leaflet English
EUSS leaflet Polish
EUSS leaflet Romanian
EUSS leaflet Slovak

For further information or support please contact:
Shobna Bhojaji EUSS Adviser
Tel: 01304 796666|07485 339898


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For further information, please see attached letter and document below.

The EAL newsletter contains information about training opportunities, funding and the collection of proficiency in English (PiE) codes as well as other updates.

Publication subject:

Updates and changes


These pages are updated regularly and should be used as the main source of information.  Printed versions should be used with care as they can become out of date.