The EAL Academy


Newsletter – Spring term 2020

Developing literacy for a multilingual world
Welcome to our first newsletter of 2020, keeping you up to date with current developments in EAL. This issue includes:
How well did EAL pupils do in the 2019 SATs?
In 2019 EAL pupils performed better on the expected reading, writing and mathematics measure than pupils with English for the first time ever. Although the main table published by the DfE puts them one percentage point behind, when you aggregate school outcomes, which exclude pupils who have been in English schools for fewer than two years, EAL pupils come out half a percentage point ahead at 65.8%. There are big variations by region, local authority and individual school. You can find more details on our blog.
If you want to know more about making the best use of EAL data, book a place on our Making sense of pupil and performance data course in March.
The changing EAL pattern in international schools
Our friends at ISC produce some fascinating research about international schools. Did you know EAL pupils account for almost 85% of the intake at European international schools? Across the globe the percentage of pupils from expatriate backgrounds has fallen from 80% to under 20% in the last 25 years. Through our online course and on site professional development programme, we are currently working with teachers and schools in France, Italy, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Thailand, Ecuador, Muscat and Dubai. If you would like to learn more about how we could work with your school, we would love to hear from you.
EAL courses this term
Our ever popular Online EAL course has some new elective modules, including one looking at EAL in international schools and one in development on EAL in Welsh schools. We will welcome new cohorts in March and May. Contact us to request an application form.
Proudly presenting our latest EAL Quality Mark recipients
Finally, we are delighted to announce the most recent recipients of the EAL Quality Mark Award: Norwood Green Infant & Nursery School in Southall (Gold) and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Preston (Silver). Read about schools with great EAL practice on our blog.
If you would like to discuss any of our courses or resources, please get in touch (you can email me or call me on +44 (0)20 3488 2700).

Rebecca Smith
The EAL Academy
t: +44 (0)20 3488 2700