Leading EAL in secondary schools

Course Information

This one day course aims to develop the leadership of EAL in secondary schools where there are increasing numbers of English as an additional language students. Focusing on a whole school and subject-based approach, the course provides guidance on how to plan and prioritise provision for a range of EAL learners. 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 students achieve and have full access to the curriculum.

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

  • secondary EAL co-ordinators
  • middle and senior managers

What you will gain by attending the course

  • confidence in leading EAL across the school
  • a cohesive approach to EAL
  • improved classroom and whole school practice for all pupils

The course

  • provides practical strategies to enable the full range of EAL learners – from beginners to more advanced – to participate and achieve
  • considers the linguistic and social issues for those new to English
  • offers systems for the welcome and induction of new arrivals and their families
  • offers advice on implementing Ofsted guidelines to engage all new arrivals
  • suggests ways to promote a positive whole school ethos with respect to diversity
  • details how to establish a classroom and whole school strategy to ensure a consistent approach to language development

Course leader

Mark Penfold has been a teacher for more than 30 years and for the last 12 years has been Lead Teacher for Ethnic Minority Achievement at Babington Community College Leicester. He has written two manuals on delivering EAL in secondary schools and presented at many workshops and seminars on the same topic. Mark has also become widely known for his successful work in engaging with the new migrant Roma communities and is a founding trustee of The Roma Education Support Trust, a UK based charity which promotes better education outcomes for Roma heritage pupils across Europe.

Course Details

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

Time: 9.30-4.00

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:

... thank you for the fantastic training course ... very helpful indeed and provided everyone with great guidance and direction. We look foward to trying out new ideas at our establishment.

EAL Lead

I would just like to take this oppurtunity to say a BIG thank you for your inspiring inset on EAL yesterday. It was a very practical course that did 'exactly what it says on the tin'.

EAL Coordinator

I filled my notebook with notes and ideas to pursue. [Complete with a drawing of a happy smiley face!]

EAL Coordinator

Some excellent resources (academic literacy) that we will share with staff. Very useful to be able to reflect upon where we are strategically with our EAL provision and to revitalise our efforts in this area.