Michael Hawkins


Michael has been working in the field of EAL for over 20 years, much of it spent in inner London schools and Local Authorities. He has worked with over 200 primary and secondary schools up and the down the country, as well as overseas. Michael’s work in supporting pupils with EAL and underachieving ethnic minority groups has been recognised by the Department for Education (DFE) and OFSTED on numerous occasions. Between 2003 and 2007, Michael was a regular speaker at conferences on his school’s work in supporting learners at KS5 and their work in raising Somali attainment from 0% to 76% in four years. During this time, he was also the external evaluator of the Department for Education ‘Making the Grade Project’. Between 2007 and 2011, Michael was a regional adviser for the north of England for the Primary and Secondary National Strategy and as the northern lead for the Minority Ethnic Achievement Programme (MEAP). He co-wrote a range of national training materials: for the Minority Ethnic Achievement Programme, the Secondary EAL materials and Language and Literacy in Mathematics. He now works as an independent consultant both in the UK and in Mexico, where he has been an external evaluator for the Mexican government on a programme involving 27,000 schools. He also wrote and delivers teacher CPD courses for AQA. His work covers EAL, literacy, underachieving groups, all aspects of teaching and learning and the use of technology and virtual learning to help raise attainment. He is OFSTED trained and happiest working inside schools with teachers on any aspects of school improvement.

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