EAL and SEND: cracking the conundrum (online version)

Course Information

This course looks at the overlap between working with English as an additional language learners and learners with special educational needs. It considers the different types of learners and explores how professionals might distinguish between pupils’ language needs and pupils with learning difficulties. It demonstrates effective provision for pupils who are learning English as an additional language and whose progress may be causing concern. The course also explores appropriate assessment procedures and provision.

A twelve hour online course on the overlap between working with English as an additional language learners and those with learning difficulties.

We have converted the content of our most popular courses into 12 hour online units in a similar format to our popular 6 unit online course. All of our online courses are fully tutored by experienced online trainers and involve interactions with other course participants via our online forum. Click here to learn more about our existing accredited online EAL course. If you are considering applying for the accredited course please be aware that it is not possible to convert the stand alone units into credits towards the accredited version due to the moderation requirements of The University of Greenwich.


This course is for

  • inclusion managers, SENDCOs, EAL teachers and EAL leaders
  • practitioners working in all settings
  • teaching assistants working with EAL learners

What you will gain from this 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

The course

  • 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

Course Tutor

Marc Thompson is a specialist in special educational needs, inclusion, and the learning needs of pupils learning English as an Additional Language. Marc is currently teaching in a pupil referral unit, having previously taught in several schools and worked as a local authority teaching and learning consultant. His particular areas of expertise are raising the achievement of boys, promoting reading, E-Learning and the SEND/EAL overlap.

Course Details

Date: SEN - Any date (complete the booking form and we will send your login details)

Time: Any time

Price: £155 plus VAT

Location: 100% online

Booking Form

Please obtain a Purchase Order Number from your organisation's finance team (if required) before submitting a booking. For multiple bookings please email us directly.

Course Testimonial:

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!

EAL Teacher

Thoughtful, informative, clear – an outstanding course for me in working with those with learning difficulties!

SEN Teacher

Excellent strategies and activities – we can implement most of these immediately in our classrooms

EAL Lead