English as an Additional Language

SUPPORTING EAL LEARNERS

There are now over 1.5 million learners in English schools who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL). In the Boston area we have seen the population double in less than 7 years, many of the new children to our schools are EAL speakers.

Our experience in supporting these children to access the English language, and therefore the curriculum, has been honed over a number of years and our ability to initiate above average progress for these learners has been recognised in our designation as a Centre of Expertise by the Bell Foundation.

The Bell Foundation’s main focus is to work with partners on innovation, research, training and practical interventions.  By generating and applying evidence, we aim to change practice, policy and systems for children, adults and communities in the UK disadvantaged through language.

The Bell Foundation’s flagship EAL Programme aspires to improve the educational outcomes of children who have English as an Additional Language, in order to benefit the individual child and society as a whole.

Language for Results is a long term, not for profit, evaluated training intervention designed by The Bell Foundation which seeks to improve the attainment of children who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL) by developing the knowledge and skills of school staff. The intervention is informed by research on EAL educational achievement and school approaches to the education of EAL students carried out by leading universities.

Connect TSA have four trained Bell Foundation Licensed Practitioners (BFLPs)who are licensed to deliver Language for Results as well as individual Bell Foundation EAL training modules which can be tailored to support other school needs.

Benefits for schools

  • Our BFLPs will support senior leaders and review current EAL policies and provision, highlighting areas of effective practice and areas for development.
  • We will create a bespoke implementation plan for your school identifying CPD, workshops, one-to-one support training which includes specific guidance on EAL assessment.
  • Resources to support staff will be identified and training given on how to effectively utilise them in the classroom.
  • There will be consistent and thorough evaluation of the effectiveness, quality and impact of the interventions.

Outcomes for schools

  • Sustainable EAL provision embedded as part of a whole school, integrated approach to supporting EAL learners and teaching staff.
  • Staff will be more confident and appropriately skilled to support children with EAL.
  • Schools quickly become local ‘experts’ and can support other schools.
  • Schools become better connected to local communities.

For information about the bespoke support our BFLPs can provide and the resources available, please contact enquiries@connect-tsa.net or telephone: 01205 312153.