Integrating pupils new to English into the classroom

Course Information

This one day course offers a refreshingly practical approach to the issues faced by schools with recent arrivals of students who are new to English. It will be of particular benefit to those schools with frequent mid-term admissions, high mobility figures and a changing pupil profile. Addressing the full range of beginners in English - from those with no prior schooling to those with successful experience of education and strong literacy skills in their mother tongue - this course offers delegates a blueprint for integrating new EAL pupils into the classroom, leading to more confident teachers and more motivated students.

All of our courses can be delivered in your school. For further information please get in touch via our contact form on the right hand side of the page.


This course is for
  • primary and secondary class teachers
  • support staff and teaching assistants
  • EAL leaders
  • senior leaders

What you will gain by attending the course

  • greater insight into the issues faced by those new to English and recently arrived into your classroom
  • practical strategies to employ in your school to improve classroom and whole school practice for beginners in English
  • innovative and inclusive approaches to teaching across the curriculum
  • confidence in working with EAL beginners

The course

  • addresses the linguistic and social issues relating to recent arrivals who are new to English
  • covers the key theories and concepts underpinning good practice and how to apply them in the classroom
  • presents and evaluates practical strategies to enable pupils new to English to participate and achieve in lessons and have full access to the curriculum
  • considers ways to promote a positive whole school ethos with respect to diversity

Course leaders

Chiaka Amadi has worked extensively on EAL issues in both primary and secondary schools. As a local authority adviser, she has managed two national research projects on ethnicity, language and equality, and trained and advised governing bodies and leadership teams in preparation for Ofsted inspections.

Catherine Brennan is one of the founders of Better Bilingual. She has worked as an Ethnic Minority Achievement advisor in London, Bristol and surrounding areas for over 20 years, right across the age range from the EYFS to Key Stage 4. She has a specific interest in the induction and education of asylum seeking and refugee pupils.

Course Details

Date: TBC (submit booking form to be added to waiting list for further info)

Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm

Price: £225 + VAT

Location: Laycock Professional Development Centre, London, N1 1TH (1 min walk from Highbury & Islington tube station)

Booking Form

Please obtain a Purchase Order Number from your organisation's finance team before submitting a booking.

Course Testimonial:

This is probably the most useful and informative course I have been on! I actually feel like I have learnt something new - thank you!

Teaching Assistant

Excellent collection of strategies that will work not only for EAL but for the rest of the class. Nice to see examples in relation to a variety of subject areas.

English Teacher

Fantastic checklist for EAL children to encourage thinking skills and conversations.

Class Teacher

Visuals/modelling were very useful. I found the discussions very interesting and helpful in the sense of what is working for others.

Class Teacher

Great information and strategies... particularly liked the treat to use to introduce and make children feel part of the class.

Class Teacher