EAL and SEN: cracking the conundrum
A full day course on the overlap between working with English as an additional language learners and those with learning difficulties.
Who should attend
- inclusion managers, SENCOs, EAL teachers and EAL leaders
- practitioners working in all settings
- teaching assistants working with EAL learners
What you will gain by attending the course
- an understanding of the difference between learning an additional language needs and learning difficulties
- an effective informal first language assessment procedure
- examples of innovative and inclusive teaching styles across the curriculum
- introduces the different types of learners and explores ways of distinguishing EAL learning from learning difficulties
- provides procedures for assessing pupils’ needs
- provides strategies and approaches that will empower staff to employ inclusive practice across the curriculum
- offers ways to ensure that provision matches the learning needs of both individual pupils and groups
Marc Thompson is a specialist in special educational needs, inclusion, and the learning needs of pupils learning English as an Additional Language. Marc was previously Head of EAL in a London school and later Deputy Head of an EMA centre. His particular areas of expertise are ‘Raising the Achievement of Boys’, ‘Promoting Reading’, ‘E-Learning’ and the SEN/EAL overlap. Marc is a qualified Ofsted inspector and completed a MA Ed (E-Learning) specialising in the educational uses of virtual world technologies.
Really great CPD...I have not come across training that looks at children with EAL who may have SEN, how and when to assess, so this has been hugely helpful
Assistant Principal and SENDCO
Really valued the help on assessing pupils… this is something we have struggled with!
Thoughtful, informative, clear – an outstanding course for me in working with those with learning difficulties!
Excellent strategies and activities – we can implement most of these immediately in our classrooms