Leading EAL in primary schools

Course Information

This comprehensive, four-day course aims to develop the leadership of EAL in primary schools where there are increasing numbers of English as an additional language pupils. Participants will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to integrate a language focus into all classrooms, and implement a whole school approach to ensuring EAL pupils achieve and have full access to the curriculum.

A comprehensive four-day course for teachers taking a leadership role in English as an additional language within their school.

Who should attend

primary EAL co-ordinators, classroom teachers, middle and senior managers

What you will gain by attending the course

  • strategies and approaches for working with the full range of EAL learners
  • guidance on implementing a cohesive approach to EAL
  • confidence to lead on EAL across the school
  • improved classroom and whole school practice for all pupils

The course covers, in depth:

  • practical strategies to enable the full range of EAL pupils, from beginners to more advanced, to participate and achieve
  • the linguistic and social issues for recent arrivals’ new to English
  • systems for the welcome and induction of new arrivals and their families
  • guidelines to engage all new arrivals – in particular the approaches Ofsted are looking for
  • ways to promote a positive whole school ethos with respect to diversity
  • how to establish a classroom and whole school strategy to ensure a consistent approach to language development

Course leaders

Sara McLaughlin is a former secondary English teacher and primary EAL co-ordinator. As deputy head of Islington EMAS Sara led on race equality and community cohesion. She is an experienced trainer in equalities and EAL issues, and much of her time is spent working with schools and teachers to develop strategies to close identified attainment gaps. Sara is a qualified OfSTED inspector and holds a Graduate Certificate in Education Development and Consultancy.

Sue Smith is a specialist in special educational needs, inclusion and the learning needs of pupils learning English as an Additional Language. The author of the Fast Track Literacy programme (for pupils new to English and new to literacy) and an experienced SENCO, she has worked in primary, special and secondary schools.

Course Details

Date: TBC - this course is run over 4 non-consecutive days (submit booking form to be added to waiting list)

Time: 9.15 - 3.45

Price: £795+VAT

Location: Laycock PDC, Laycock Street, London, N1 1TH

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Course Testimonial:

Lots of good practice which can be implemented relatively easily... Strategic planning good for moving this further on. A very worthwhile four days - thank you!

Head Teacher

Liked the induction - by putting us in the shoes of a parent it really gave food for thought. Good range of strategies for use with all ages of children and appropriate for all different types of staff - teachers, leadership etc.

Head Teacher

Good range of theory and practical ideas: the 'big picture' and day-to-day reality. Very appropriate for me in my role and for the school overall.

Assistant Head

The whole 4 days has been very informative giving lots of excellent strategies to use. The action plan and audit have been particularly useful to establish our next stps - for me as EAL Coordinator and for the school.

EAL and Inclusion Leader

... very informative and engaging... has covered many aspect of EAL from leading to administration. It will enable me to lead effectively and also teach EAL pupils to accelerate their progress.

Class Teacher and EAL Lead

Feel well resourced to implement action plan!

Assistant Vice-Principal

... keen to get back to school and implement what I have learnt and share it with staff.

EYFS leader/teacher

Lots of very useful strategies which can be used to support not only EAL children but all our children with acquisition of language.

SENCO and Acting Deputy

The practical activities were fantastic!

Deputy Head