Keep Calm and Don’t Panic! EAL for Teaching Assistants


This half day course provides teaching assistants with step by step guidance on dealing with pupils new to English in the mainstream classroom. It addresses the full range of beginners in English, from those with no prior schooling to those with successful experience of education and strong literacy skills in their mother tongue. The course will give teaching assistants the skills and confidence to successfully integrate these pupils into the classroom.

About The Course

This course is for

  • primary and secondary support staff and teaching assistants
  • schools with recently arrived EAL pupils, frequent mid-term admissions, high mobility figures and a changing pupil profile

What you will gain by attending the course

  • confidence when dealing with EAL beginners
  • practical strategies and step by step guidance on working with new beginners to enable them to achieve
  • a cohesive approach to working with EAL beginners

The course

  • provides a clear approach to identifying who your EAL pupils and new arrivals are and guidance on their induction
  • covers the issues, both linguistic and social, relating to recent new arrivals
  • offers practical strategies to implement in the classroom to enable pupils new to English to participate and achieve in lessons
About the Programme Leader

Chiaka Amadi has worked extensively on EAL issues in both primary and secondary schools. As a local authority adviser, she has managed two national research projects on ethnicity, language and equality, and trained and advised governing bodies and leadership teams in preparation for Ofsted inspections.

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