We are a team of school improvement specialists, consultants and leaders in the fields of academic literacy, English as an additional language and ethnic minority achievement.

Gold EAL Quality Mark for Caudwell School in Bedford

EAL learners comprise more than 70% of Cauldwell School’s roll. Over the last 15 years, the headteacher, Judith Apps, has seen its pupil profile change. “We have always had pupils...

  • Graham Smith
  • 27th March 2020

Newsletter 2 – Spring Term 2020

Developing literacy for a multilingual world Welcome to our second newsletter of 2020, keeping you up to date with current developments in EAL. This issue includes: delegate course this term and next term our...

  • Rebecca Smith
  • 24th March 2020

The performance of EAL pupils at GCSE in 2019: the headlines

The national GCSE data and individual secondary school outcomes, including the performance of EAL pupils, were released  this month. These data give us lots of detailed information about the attainment and progress of EAL...

  • Graham Smith
  • 26th February 2020

Gold EAL Quality Mark Awarded to Lea Forest Primary Academy in Birmingham

The data tell us an interesting story. Lea Forest is a Birmingham primary school where around a third of pupils have English as an additional language and just over one...

  • Graham Smith
  • 25th February 2020

How does it feel to be a pupil with English as an additional language in the EYFS?

For many children with English as an additional language, starting in nursery or reception may be a difficult and sometimes traumatic transition from the home environment.  I think putting yourself...

  • Graham Smith
  • 14th February 2020

Newsletter – Spring term 2020

Developing literacy for a multilingual world Welcome to our first newsletter of 2020, keeping you up to date with current developments in EAL. This issue includes: Key Stage 2 outcomes for EAL pupils...

  • Graham Smith
  • 30th January 2020

The performance of EAL pupils at Key Stage 2 in 2019: the headlines

The national Key Stage 2 data released in December have much to tell us about the performance of EAL pupils across England and the expectations we might have for our...

  • Graham Smith
  • 13th January 2020

Can an online EAL course really make a difference in your classroom?

You’ve got EAL pupils in your classroom. Some are newly arrived and have little or no English. Some are fairly advanced and need regular support. In some cases you aren’t...

  • Graham Smith
  • 29th November 2019

EAL CPD: what, where, when, who and how?

This article first appeared in a slightly shorter version in EAL Journal Autumn 2019. How it works This is how the best CPD works. A Senior Leadership Team invites you...

  • Graham Smith
  • 25th November 2019
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