What we have learnt about EAL from schools doing The EAL Quality Mark

The best thing about doing the EAL Quality Mark validation visits is learning from the fantastic practice we see.  So far 21 schools have been awarded the Gold EAL Quality Mark.

Here are the top ten things that we have seen in those schools making a huge difference for EAL pupils. For each item in the top ten, there is a link to blogs about two schools who do it especially well.

You can hear directly from some of these schools at our free webinar on 22 April at 4pm (click on the button below to register).


1.       Focus on developing pupil talk Hampton Hargate, Peterborough

Featherstone, Ealing

2.       Communicate visually


The Phoenix, Peterborough

Caudwell, Bedford

3.       Combine high expectations for all with understanding difference Lea Forest, Birmingham

Abingdon, Middlesbrough

4.       Respond rapidly to demographic change


Handford Hall, Suffolk

St Michaels RC, Newcastle


5.       Ask parents the right questions the right way in order to get helpful answers St Michaels RC, Newcastle

Whitehouse, Suffolk

6.       Treat the local community as key learning resource Norwood Green, Hounslow

Lea Forest, Birmingham

7.       Encourage pupils to use and develop all of their languages Goldington Green, Bedford

Sydenham, Warwickshire

8.       Create a curriculum that matches pupils’ needs Kensington, Newham

Caudwell, Bedford

9.       Consistency across classrooms Kensington, Newham

Handford Hall, Suffolk

10.   Make sure new staff know what to do with EAL pupils Discovery, Peterborough

The Phoenix, Peterborough



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