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.

EAL Quality Mark Gold Award for New Marston Primary School in Oxford

When New Marston Primary School in Oxford was inspected in 2016 Ofsted said: “Teachers and adults do not cater well enough for pupils who … speak English as an additional...

  • Graham Smith
  • 14th April 2021

Effective partnership for EAL CPD

The latest issue of International School Leader Magazine includes an article by James Cathcart, Director of the British Section at the Lycée International in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, about our long professional development relationship. “This initiative...

  • Graham Smith
  • 14th April 2021

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...

  • Graham Smith
  • 16th March 2021

EAL Academy Newsletter March 2021

In this newsletter we cover supporting EAL learners in lockdown the latest additions to the free resources section of our website our free webinar series: Changing the conversation updates to...

  • Graham Smith
  • 2nd March 2021

EAL Academy Newsletter January 2021

In this newsletter we cover how EAL pupils in England fare under teacher assessment EAL in multilingual Britain in 2021 the latest additions to the free resources section of our...

  • Graham Smith
  • 27th January 2021

Can an online EAL course really make a difference in your classroom? (Take 2)

When I last wrote about this subject at the end of November 2019, we had just one online course. I was celebrating the seventh birthday of our  six unit EAL course...

  • Graham Smith
  • 4th January 2021

Graham Smith at the 2020 NALDIC Conference- Multilingual Britain: Successes, challenges and future directions

There is widespread myth about this country and its people. It is the myth of a monolingual island race with its world conquering language, which over a billion people speak...

  • Graham Smith
  • 7th December 2020

Congratulations to St Michael’s RC Primary School in Newcastle on its Gold EAL Quality Mark

Google search can be very unfair. St Michael’s RC Primary School is in the part of Newcastle called Elswick. If you type Elswick Newcastle into Google, you are an offered...

  • Graham Smith
  • 25th November 2020

Kensington Primary School in Newham Awarded a Gold EAL Quality Mark

The strapline on Kensington Primary School’s website is “Inspiring children for exciting futures.” The school does what it says on the tin. It inspires children and it inspired me too....

  • Graham Smith
  • 10th November 2020
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