EAL Programme

The EAL Programme seeks to improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged children in the UK who use English as an Additional Language (EAL), in order to benefit the individual child and society as a whole.

Benefits of engaging with the EAL Programme

  • Thought Leadership:

    Robust, evidence informed research

  • CPD:

    High-quality, impactful professional development

  • Resources:

    Practical guidance and resources for schools

Courses are designed to develop the expertise and confidence of school practitioners so they can provide impactful support for learners who use EAL.

  • 12,871 Professionals accessing CPD in 2020

Centres of Expertise train and support schools in areas of high need, usually where there are significant numbers of EAL learners and limited access to existing EAL training and support.

A wide range of teaching and learning resources help schools effectively assess and enable learners who use EAL to fully access the curriculum and fulfill their potential.

  • 150+ Resources
  • 230,000+ Downloads in 2019
Webinar - New to English

Free webinars provide those who work with learners who use EAL with direct access to expertise in EAL research, policy and pedagogy.

The Foundation provides a calendar of training opportunities including online, blended and face-to-face courses, as well as webinars. 

These practical resources enhance EAL provision in schools and include our award-winning EAL Assessment Framework for Schools with digital EAL Assessment Tracker.

Research is commissioned to build the evidence of the factors that impact on the outcomes and attainment for pupils who use EAL, and to provide practical recommendations for policy-makers and schools.

Comprehensive guidance for school staff and Initial Teacher Training providers about supporting provision for learners who use EAL. Some of the guidance in this section of the website was formerly available on EAL Nexus.

The Great Ideas pages are a collection of different strategies that any teacher could use in their classrooms to support learners who use EAL.

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The EAL Programme aims to improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged children in the UK who use EAL, in order to benefit the individual child and society as a whole.

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Romeo and Juliet Act 1

This work pack is intended to support beginner EAL learners to access Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet when being studied as a class text.

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The EAL Programme seeks to improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged children in the UK who have English as an Additional Language, in order to benefit the individual child and society as a whole.