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Congratulations to Norwood Green Infant and Nursery School on achieving the Gold EAL Quality Mark

The corridor displays in Norwood Green Infant and Nursery School are designed not only to represent some of the ‘exciting writing’ themes the children have explored, but also to provide...

  • Graham Smith
  • 28th October 2019

A review of Second Language Learners in International Schools

Maurice Carder with Patricia Mertin and Sarah Porter (2018) Second Language Learners in International Schools UCL Institute of Education Press Maurice Carder is a hugely distinguished figure in our profession. ...

  • Graham Smith
  • 14th October 2019

Second Suffolk school gets Gold EAL Award

Whitehouse Primary school in Ipswich follows Handford Hall  in becoming the second Suffolk primary school to receive the EAL Quality Mark Gold Award. These two wonderful schools are, however, very...

  • Graham Smith
  • 7th October 2019

Making sense of the 2019 school census EAL data

First of all, there has to be a health warning. EAL census data is harder to make sense of now than it used to be.  In 2018 for the first...

  • Graham Smith
  • 18th September 2019

Suffolk gets its first Gold EAL Quality Mark

A small three bedroom house in Sirdar Street in Ipswich costs around £130,000, which is way beyond the means of most of the residents. A family arriving from Eastern Europe...

  • Graham Smith
  • 2nd September 2019

Gold EAL Quality Mark Awarded to Featherstone Primary School

At Featherstone Primary and Nursery School in West London, the overwhelming majority of the pupils (some 95%) use a language other than English in their daily lives. The largest language...

  • Graham Smith
  • 9th July 2019

Ørestad skole (Dansk)

I slutningen af 2017 og begyndelse af 2018 deltog lærere fra Ørestad skole i vores kursus   ”Integration af nye elever med dansk som andet sprog i den alminelige folkeskole” afholdt...

  • Graham Smith
  • 10th April 2019

Ørestad Skole in Copenhagen

In late 2017 and early 2018 teachers from Ørestad Skole attended some training we ran in Copenhagen on meeting the needs of international new arrivals in mainstream classrooms. The purpose...

  • Graham Smith
  • 10th April 2019

What is the best boys’ school in England?

Many people will tell you that it must be somewhere like St Paul’s or Eton with their extraordinary Oxbridge success rates, but how many of these boys’ parents are Oxbridge...

  • Graham Smith
  • 5th March 2019
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