Keep Calm and Don’t Panic! EAL for Teaching Assistants

Course Information

This course provides teaching assistants with step by step guidance on dealing with pupils new to English in the mainstream classroom. It addresses 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. The course will give teaching assistants the skills and confidence to successfully integrate these pupils into the classroom.

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 support staff and teaching assistants
  • schools with recently arrived EAL pupils, frequent mid-term admissions, high mobility figures and a changing pupil profile

What you will gain by attending the course

  • confidence when dealing with EAL beginners
  • practical strategies and step by step guidance on working with new beginners to enable them to achieve
  • a cohesive approach to working with EAL beginners

The course

  • provides a clear approach to identifying who your EAL pupils and new arrivals are and guidance on their induction
  • covers the issues, both linguistic and social, relating to recent new arrivals
  • offers practical strategies to implement in the classroom to enable pupils new to English to participate and achieve in lessons

Course leader

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.

Course Details

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

Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm

Price: £225 + VAT

Location: Laycock Professional Development Centre, London, N1 1TH (a 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:

Training day ‘crammed’ with useful strategies and activities for supporting EAL students – thank you!


‘... good strategies - holistic approach...'

Teaching Assistant

Interesting hearing how it is felt EAL children learn best and the type of environment they excel in.


I've taken away a lot of strategies which will be useful in my role... The 'putting yourself in their shoes' tool was very powerful.

Teaching Assistant

I love the practical nature of the course ... Brilliant! Thank you.

Teaching Assistant