EAL Guidance for Parents

Explore our range of free, evidence-based guidance to support parental involvement in the learning of children who use EAL.

Parental involvement is an important part of a child’s learning and academic success. Yet parents and carers of pupils using English as an Additional Language (EAL) can experience language and communication barriers when engaging with schools.

Evidence shows that, often, parents who are new to English or have limited English proficiency:

  • Have a significant lack of knowledge and understanding of important areas concerning school life, such as the school system;
  • Are significantly underrepresented in school structures and decision making;
  • Have different expectations of their children’s schooling when compared with those of teaching staff.

Explore the guidance

Guidance for parents of EAL pupils on how to get involved in school life and help their child to learn, available in 22 languages.

Guidance for parents providing key information on the English education system, available in 22 languages.

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Guidance for parents providing key information on the Scottish education system, available in 12 languages.

Upcoming courses and webinars

How to Adapt Teaching for Learners Who Use EAL (Online Course)

Date
17 September 2024
Time
9:00am
Price
£45 – £67.50
Type
Online course

Leading a Whole-School Strategy for EAL (Online Course)

Date
15 January 2025
Time
9:00am
Price
£45-£67.50
Type
Online course

Embedding EAL Assessment (Online Course)

Date
23 April 2025
Time
9:00am
Price
£45-£67.50
Type
Online course

Teaching Assistants: Working With Learners Using EAL (Online Course)

Date
10 June 2025
Time
9:00am
Price
£45 – £67.50
Type
Online course