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Bespoke training

The Service offers bespoke training for individual schools and settings within Solihull. This service is free of charge for state schools in Solihull.  To request training in your school please email and we will send you a form to complete and return.

Training for teachers and teaching assistants

The Service also offers a range of half and full day courses for teachers. These are chargeable: full day £150 and half day £70. Courses we offer cover various topics and are dependent upon demand. Topics include

  • SEN or EAL? Distinguishing the difference
  • Classroom strategies for new arrivals in primary schools
  • Classroom strategies for new arrivals in secondary schools
  • Developing writing skills in more advanced EAL learners
  • Supporting EAL learners in EYFS
  • Supporting more advanced EAL learners in primary schools
  • Supporting more advanced EAL learners in secondary schools
  • Assessing, monitoring and tracking the progress of learners new to English

Supporting children in EYFS who have English as an additional Language.

Friday 7 June, 9.30pm-12.30pm, Sans Souci, Cost £70

To book on this course please email

The Service also offers a termly EAL Network meeting which is free to state schools in Solihull and is aimed at EAL-co-ordinators/lead teachers for EAL.  The meetings last for two hours and are an opportunity to share good practice and to update staff in schools. To book on please email – our next meeting is on Wednesday 19 June at 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

This year we have started a new 11 week course for Teaching Assistants (TAs). The course covers the following areas:

Who are EAL learners – understanding the heterogeneous nature of this group.
Introduction to English as additional language – language acquisition and pedagogy
Language – four areas of language, how it develops and how we assess it
New arrivals
Working with parents
Refugees and Asylum seekers
Supporting speaking and listening
Supporting reading
Supporting  writing
SEN or EAL – distinguishing the difference


The course has proved very popular and we are currently in the process of gaining endorsement from the University of Wolverhampton. TAs have been able to take on additional responsibilities in school following the completion of this course. The cost is £500 per delegate and this includes a considerable portfolio of materials.