According to the Department for Education (2020), a fifth of UK school pupils speak English as an additional language (EAL). Despite the dual challenge of learning both an unfamiliar language and new curriculum content, research shows that pupils arriving late into the English school system often outperform their monolingual peers (The Bell Foundation, 2020). Effectively engaging multilingual learners with mainstream schooling is pivotal for ensuring that students get the most out of education. Practitioners from across the country are invited to share their ideas and best practice in providing wrap-around support to students using EAL.

  • Less than a third of pupils who start Reception with the lowest level of English proficiency progress to Competent or Fluent by the end of primary school (University of Oxford, 2020)
  • There is a 14% attainment gap in English fluency between EAL learners from the most and least deprived areas (DfE, 2020)
  • Unaccompanied asylum-seeking pupils and non-migrant children lag 37 months behind their non-migrant peers (Education Policy Institute, 2021)

Join us at ­­­­­The Delivering Excellence in Teaching Pupils with EAL Conference 2024 to hear the latest guidance and updates in supporting students using EAL. High-level keynotes will provide strategic guidance followed by case studies demonstrating best practice from a variety of schools and local authorities. Key topics include creating an inclusive school environment, teaching English through the curriculum and improving assessments to better identify EAL learner needs. A breakout networking session will offer the opportunity to share your experiences whilst networking with other senior colleagues across the sector.

Why attend:

✓ Hear high-level keynotes from leading experts and authorities in teaching EAL learners                                                                                                                      ✓ Best practice in supporting students with EAL and SEN, preparing multilingual classrooms for exams and integrating new arrivals into mainstream schools
✓ Network with colleagues from across the education and local government sectors
✓ CPD (gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota)


This year’s conference package includes 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource of case study focused videos, articles, lived experiences and more (RRP £199). Gain unlimited access to our online platform when you purchase your conference ticket.

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For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Professor Yongcan Liu, Professor of Applied Linguistics and Languages Education, University of Cambridge (invited)

  • Keynote: Government Update: Facilitating English Proficiency for Students with EAL

    • Outlining the latest statistics and national trends in the number of learners with EAL
    • Sharing updates from the Government strategy on supporting EAL students through upskilling staff
    • Multi-agency working methods for levelling attainment in English language proficiency for pupils facing multiple disadvantages
    • Local-level examples of harnessing digital tools and technologies to create interactive lessons that enhance English language skills

    Senior Representative, Department for Education (invited)

  • Keynote: Practitioner Guidance for Improving the Learning Experience of EAL Students

    • Sharing evidence-based methods for introducing and familiarising pupils new to English schooling
    • Key considerations for creating an accessible curriculum and school policies to support students from all backgrounds
    • Tools and resources for embedding support provision and fostering a welcoming school environment
    • Effective and holistic assessment: methods for using data to identify the needs and learning preferences of EAL pupils

    Senior Representative, Education Endowment Foundation (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Taking a Whole-School Approach to Celebrating Multilingualism

      • Adopting an asset-based approach to multilingualism: tips for building pupil confidence and pride in multilingual identity
      • Training initiatives for non-EAL staff to ensure their full contribution in offering support and creating a positive environment
      • Practical ideas for encouraging students to exercise full linguistic repertoire through creative classroom interventions
      • Outreach strategies for facilitating inter-school collaboration to engage the whole community

    Soofia Amin, Assistant Head Teacher and Specialist Lead in Education for Multilingualism and EAL, The Tapscott Learning Trust (invited)

  • Case Study: Local Government Approaches to Fostering Inclusion for EAL Learners

    • Tips for creating curriculum content that represents a diversity of cultural and linguistic heritages
    • Fostering a culture of inclusion: tips for generating buy-in and senior leader commitments to equality and diversity
    • Methods for harnessing pupil voice for co-designed school-based learning and wellbeing activities
    • Effectively engaging the parents of pupils using EAL to reinforce lessons at home and inform school practices

    Kathryn Shaw, Lead Early Years & Quality Improvement Team Leader, Lambeth School Services (invited)

  • Case Study: Strengthening School Systems to Effectively Support Students Using EAL

    • Tips for creating an EAL policy with embedded self-assessment tools to ensure continual delivery on school commitments
    • Enhancing measures to monitor school attainment in English speaking through adopting mainstream DfE classifications
    • Frameworks for designing EAL provisions to ensure access to the EAL curriculum at all stages of development
    • Successful strategies for embedding flexibility in EAL interventions to maintain relevance to pupils’ changing abilities

    Alice Legarska, Head of EAL, Thistley Hough Academy (invited)

  • Questions and Answers 

  • Lunch

  • Keynote: Preparing Multilingual Classrooms for Examinations to Ensure Excellence for All Students

    • The context: taking national exams in a new language, in a new system
    • The arrangements: making sure access arrangements work for learners using EAL
    • The preparation: embedding strategies for exam success

    Glynis Lloyd, Trainer, The Bell Foundation (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Transforming English Language Assessments to Ensure Progression for Pupils with EAL

    • Designing and creating a comprehensive action plan for ensuring the academic and linguistic progression of EAL students
    • Applying insights from assessments to adapt learning content to teach English through the curriculum
    • Applying a whole-school improvement plan to benchmark progress in English fluency to wider school objectives
    • Methods for ensuring progress: best practice in monitoring, teaching and celebrating student achievements

    Jette Rayner, Interim Assistant Headteacher, Inclusion Lead, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Rhodes Avenue Primary School (invited)

  • Question and Answers


  • Breakout Networking: Improving Outcomes for Students with EAL at all Levels of Proficiency

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in supporting children and young people with English as an additional language. Explore new solutions and ideas by discussing shared experiences.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Overcoming Barriers to School Integration and Supporting the Wellbeing of New Arrivals

    • Supporting the transition of newly arrived pupils or students with refugee status through embedded school support mechanisms
    • Taking an individualised approach to supporting new arrivals to recognise and meet each child’s particular needs
    • Providing trauma-informed lessons in resilience building and emotional self-regulation to pupils who have experienced displacement
    • Initiatives for connecting older EAL learners with students who are new to English to act as positive role models

    Katherine Jessett, EAL Team Lead, Northumberland Ethnic Minority and Traveler Achievement Service (EMTAS), Northumberland County Council (invited)

  • Case Study: Delivering Wrap-Around Care to EAL Students Showing Signs of SEN or Speech and Language Needs

    • Tools for identifying and intervening early on to signs of underlying difficulties in language and communication
    • Avoiding misdiagnosis: targeted strategies for building a complete picture of a pupil’s skillset to not mistake linguistic differences for disorders
    • Facilitating conversations with parents to understand cultural norms that may influence a child’s communication
    • Working collaboratively with school SENCos and multilingual staff to develop long-term holistic education plans

    Louisa Reeves, Director of Policy and Evidence at Speech and Language UK, Speech and Language UK (invited)

  • Question and Answers 

  • Chair’s Summary and Close

    *Programme subject to change


Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors. Delegates interested in this event will be people who work in providing EAL provision to primary and secondary school pupils.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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