15th September 2017

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

EAL (English as an Additional Language) – a sub-set of the BME cohort – describes those whose First language is not English.


We highly recommend the following websites to support the development of provision for children and young people learning through English as an Additional Language (EAL) in educational settings:

NALDIC: https://naldic.org.uk/

‘NALDIC is the national subject association for English as an additional language. NALDIC provides a welcoming, vibrant, professional forum for learning more about English as an Additional Language (EAL) and bilingual learners in schools. You don’t have to be an EAL teacher or EAL specialist to join us. We welcome members from a range of settings, schools and organisations. Our mission is to promote the effective teaching and learning of EAL and bilingual pupils across the UK.’

The Bell Foundation: https://www.bell-foundation.org.uk/

‘At The Bell Foundation we believe that all children, including those who speak English as an Additional Language, should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. There are now over 1.5 million pupils in UK schools with EAL, a figure which has more than doubled over the last ten years. This number continues to increase, with a fifth of primary pupils (21.2%) and 16.6% of UK secondary school pupils now classified as EAL…The aspiration of our EAL programme is to improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged children in the UK who have English as an Additional Language, in order to benefit the individual child and society as a whole.’

EAL Nexus: https://ealresources.bell-foundation.org.uk/teachers

‘Whether you are a teacher with a high percentage of learners with English as an Additional Language (EAL) in your class or your school has a few new arrivals this website is for you.  It provides the advice and resources to help you effectively assess, teach and support them within the curriculum.’


Upcoming EAL Networking events

Better Bilingual is in the third year of holding termly EAL Network Meetings. These are free for all to attend who have a shared interest in EAL whether educators or members of the community. The aim of these meetings is to share good practice in relation to supporting learners who have English as an additional language, networking opportunities and familiarising yourself with latest national EAL updates. You will see from the meeting venues we aim to hold these meetings in educational settings and in future if you would like to host one of our meetings please get in touch on info@betterbilingual.co.uk. On this occasion the Bristol meeting is kindly being hosted by a Bristol
secondary school and the BANES meeting is being hosted by a primary school in Bath. Colleagues across all phases interested in EAL are welcome to attend.
Please see below dates of meetings for this year and links to book your place via Eventbrite.
Details of the programme to be added shortly.

BB EAL Network Meeting (BANES) – 13th November, Combe Down Primary School, Bath
South West NALDIC Regional Interest Group – 20th November 2018, Two Mile Hill Primary School, Bristol
BB EAL Network Meeting (Bristol)– 27th November, Cotham Secondary School, Bristol

South West NALDIC Regional Interest Group

We are also delighted to share that this year Better Bilingual for the first time, in collaborations with Two Mile Hill Primary is organising the South West NALDIC Regional Interest Group meeting.  The meeting is open to anyone who has an interest in EAL in the South West region of the country and it is free to attend.  It is a fantastic opportunity to find out about great EAL work going on in other settings, share ideas and to grow your network of practitioners to collaborate with in developing EAL provision in your schools.  These meetings are held in different locations in the South West for ease of access and for the equal benefit of all who have an interest in EAL.

Please see below date of meetings for this year and the link to book your place via Eventbrite.

Details of meeting programme to be added shortly.

NALDIC Regional Interest Group – 20th November, Two Mile Hill Primary School, Bristol


Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting (Bristol) – November 2018

Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting (BANES) – November 2018

Learning Village

Benefits of using First Language to support learning

Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS)

EAL Funding Updates


New to English (Beginner) learners

New arrivals or learners at an early stage of acquiring English will progress at very different rates according to their educational background and the effectiveness of the support they receive.

In terms of the DfE language proficiency descriptors, ‘Beginners’ would be equivalent to A (New to English) and B (Early acquisition).

Advanced EAL learners

Advanced bilingual learners are defined as pupils who have had all or most of their school education in the UK and whose oral proficiency in English is usually indistinguishable from that of pupils with English as a first language but whose writing may still show distinctive features related to their language background. In the DfE language proficiency descriptors.

Advanced bilingual learners would be those who are C (Developing Competence) D (Competent) and E (Fluent).



Guidance on the assessment of EAL pupils’ proficiency in English

Model EAL policy for schools


EAL Academy

British Council EAL Nexus Resources

World Stories

Newbury Park language of the month: interactive video clips and resources

Collaborative Learning Project


EAL Journal

Multilingualism is integrative blog

Multilungual Parenting

Inside the mind of a successful language learner blog

Vocabulary App

Speaking in your home language – advice for bilingual parents and carers