Welcome to the EAL resources pages. These resources are designed for use by EAL Coordinators, teachers and other professionals working with young people who are learning English as an Additional Language.  

The categories below contain many free downloadable resources and some which require a login to the site. 

For more information about our EAL Support or to request a login, please email pssinfo@birmingham.gov.uk

Here you will find documents and handouts from Birmingham EAL Network Meetings.

Pupil and School Support facilitate termly EAL network meetings.  These are half-day sessions aimed at EAL co-ordinators and others working with pupils where English is an additional language. These networks aim to:

•          Identify best practice around EAL provision

•          Provide support to build an inclusive classroom

•          Share tools to develop a strategic approach around EAL provision

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Following the hugely successful first EAL learners Conference in May 2016,  Pupil and School Support now hold yearly  EAL Conferences to provide support and advice for SENCos, EAL Co-ordinators and Inclusion Managers, regardless of experience, on meeting the needs of learners who have English as an Additional Language.

Resources from the current academic year are only available to delegates who attended the conference.

All resources from conferences held in previous years are freely available below.

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EAL Conference 2016

In May 2016 Pupil and School Support held the first EAL Conference at the MAC, Birmingham. This conference was a huge success in providing support and advice for SENCos, EAL Co-ordinators and Inclusion Managers, regardless of experience, on meeting the needs of learners who have English as an Additional Language.

In this section, you will find guidance EAL assessment and the ‘New to English’ assessment profiles for KS1-2 and KS3-4.

The New to English EAL Language Assessment profile has been split into the four main areas – Speaking, Listening and Understanding, Reading and Writing. Because of differences in the developmental acquisition of language in older pupils, there are separate Assessment profiles for Primary and Secondary phases.  The assessment criteria draw on and extend the work produced by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

The criteria are arranged into eight steps which are linked to the 2016 School Census Proficiency in English codes.  The criteria are presented in a similar format to the Birmingham SEN toolkits in order to provide a consistent approach to assessment across the various high need groups. These can be used in order to initially baseline the skills of a pupil who is new to English, tracking of progress and identification of appropriate levels of provision. If a pupil is newly arrived and is using language within the developing competency band or above, they will be deemed able to be assessed and tracked in line with the school’s usual assessment and tracking systems.

Assessment Exemplification Materials can be found in the EAL Toolkit (purchased through PSS) – these are a comprehensive set of examples of pupil’s work covering speaking, listening, reading and writing for KS1, 2 and 3 for those pupils working at Proficiency In English levels C and D, to support EAL co-ordinators in the moderation of assessment. ILP Creator – EAL Individual Language Plan Creator.

EAL CPD

This section of the EAL Zone contains useful information about opportunities for continuing professional development with regard to supporting English Language Learners.

For our free online short courses, please visit the PSS Online Courses website (link in the documents section below).

Available EAL courses can be booked using the PSS Course Page.

EAL Packages of Support

EAL Quick Read Leaflets

Parent Ambassador Programme

EAL Coordinator Training

Documents

Online Courses – Flyer

Online Courses (EAL & SEN)

EAL Support Resources

These EAL Resources are freely available. The resources are to support the development of provision for children who speak English as an Additional Language.

The EAL toolkit

The EAL Toolkit is available to purchase from PSS, and currently includes:

Induction Pack – incorporating a range of visual resources, top tips for staff on good practice, signposting for parents, Pupil Information Form.

Assessment Pack – includes an Induction Flowchart, pupil information Form, EAL Assessment Profile, EAL Assessment Reference Guide, Newly Arrived Pupil Initial Assessment.

Vocabulary Pack – Intervention activities /schemes of work to support the development of vocabulary around targeted subject areas with pupils, e.g. colours, my family and I, number, greetings, school.  This will include entry and exit assessment criteria so that progress within modules can be tracked.

Assessment Exemplification Materials – a comprehensive set of examples of pupil’s work covering speaking, listening, reading and writing for KS1, 2 and 3 for those pupils working at Proficiency In English levels C and D, to support EAL co-ordinators in the moderation of assessment. ILP Creator – EAL Individual Language Plan Creator.

UPDATED:  November 2017 – Revised High-Quality Teaching and Learning Ideas for EAL learners – The previous Quality First Teaching strategies guidance has been updated with High-Quality Teaching and Learning ideas which are in line with the codes schools are now using to record their EAL pupils proficiency in English.

UPDATED:  February 2017 – New ILP Creators! – Two newly designed Individual Language Plan (ILP) Creators are now available in line with the updated assessment profiles. The new ITP creators offer a quicker and more effective way to create and update plans. Download them from the documents below.