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.

What do the data tell us about EAL pupils?

When the 2016 GCSE results were released on the DfE’s performance table web site a school in Yorkshire came bottom of the EAL league table. I have a little trepidation...

  • Graham Smith
  • 25th September 2017

Phoenix School, Peterborough, receives Silver award for EAL Quality Mark

In May 2017, Sue Smith from the EAL Academy and I visited the Phoenix School, Peterborough to verify their self assessment for the EAL Quality Mark. This school is for...

  • Sara Mclaughlin
  • 11th September 2017

Pauline Gibbons, Jim Cummins and Stephen Krashen in Copenhagen

EAL in International Schools

  • Graham Smith
  • 4th July 2017

Discovery Primary School, Peterborough, receives gold!

With twenty five languages spoken – the top four being Lithuanian, Polish, Urdu and Portuguese – Discovery Primary School has a multilingual staff team which is excellently equipped to support...

  • Sara Mclaughlin
  • 1st July 2017

Kingsway Community Trust

Kingsway Community Trust is a small multi-academy trust in Manchester with three inner city primary schools: Cringle Brook, Green End and Ladybarn – all judged as outstanding by Ofsted  with...

  • Graham Smith
  • 21st June 2017

Babington Community College

Babington Community College’s outstanding practice with EAL pupils has been noticed before. In 2013 Ofsted remarked said: “The school provides outstanding support to promote literacy, particularly for those students newly...

  • Graham Smith
  • 23rd May 2017

Hampton Hargate awarded the GOLD EAL Quality Mark

Sara McLaughlin talks about a school that lives and breathes a shared understanding of what it means to support a culturally and linguistically diverse community. The main thing that I...

  • Sara Mclaughlin
  • 10th April 2017

EAL and Ofsted

Consider this gem from an Ofsted report: “Pupils … who speak English as an additional language … make progress in line with other pupils.” (Horsendale Primary School, Nottingham, July 2013)....

  • Graham Smith
  • 1st March 2017

Fulbridge Academy

One of the great pleasures of the work we do at the EAL Academy is coming across schools with outstanding EAL practice and provision. Over the next few months we...

  • Graham Smith
  • 9th February 2017
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