The EAL Programme
There are almost 1.6 million pupils in state-funded primary and secondary schools in England who use EAL, a figure which has more than doubled over the last ten years. In 2021, 20.9% of primary pupils and 17.2% of secondary school pupils use EAL.
All children, including those who use English as an Additional Language, should have the opportunity to fully access the curriculum and fulfil their potential. However, despite research evidence that highlights the crucial importance of proficiency in English as a key predictor of educational outcomes, there is still no national agreement on how teachers can support pupils to develop proficiency in English alongside curriculum learning, and the EAL training for school staff is inconsistent.
Ensuring pupils’ full accessibility to a high-quality and ambitious curriculum means schools need to establish appropriate systems and structures to ensure any learners at risk of falling behind get the support they need. The Foundation’s EAL Programme is designed to provide schools with the assets they need to achieve this.
Programme reach and impact during 2019:
- 10,230 EAL pupils reached directly
- 230,000+ resource downloads
- 13,000+ downloads of the EAL Assessment Framework
- Welsh Government recommended the Assessment Framework to schools as part of its statutory guidance
- 95% recommendation rate for training
- 4 regional Centres of Expertise