The EAL Ambassadors Programme
The EAL Ambassadors Programme in Solihull schools was set up by the EAL Service in December 2016. Since then, 130 pupils have finished their training, delivered by the EAL Service, and become EAL Ambassadors in schools, ready to support new children, their families and all teaching staff.
The aims of the programme are practical: to provide additional support to pupils who have English as an Additional Language (EAL ), to help the integration of other newly arrived pupils in school, and on a whole school level to increase awareness of diversity and positive thinking about a multi-lingual society.
When a school signs up for an EAL Ambassadors Programme, the programme is delivered in school by a member of the EAL Service and consists of six sessions lasting approximately 45 minutes each. Programmes have been created to suit infant, junior or secondary pupil groups. The content of the sessions has been designed to utilise the existing potential within pupils to develop their abilities to support new learners of English, and this often leads to increased self confidence and progress for the pupils doing the training. At the end of the programme pupils receive a certificate and a lapel badge to identify them as EAL Ambassadors in school.
Between 2016 and 2019 the EAL Service completed the EAL Ambassador Programme in twenty one schools in the borough, nineteen primary schools and two secondary. This school year we hope to initiate a new programme, and some schools have already expressed an interest.
If you would like your school to participate please complete the form, or if you have any questions please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org 0121 704 8613.