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Primary EAL Provision: Getting it Right in a Week

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Primary EAL Provision: Getting it Right in a Week

AUTHOR : By Kirsty Anderson Series edited by Susan Wallace

ISBN : 9781912096893

Edition No : 1

Publication : 6 Jun 2018

Extent : 128 pgs

ISBN : 9781912096886

Edition No : 1

Publication : 6 Jun 2018

Extent : 128 pgs


EAL pupils make up 1 in 6 of the population in England’s schools. Up to 360 different languages are spoken by these pupils. Teachers must ensure that they consider the significant challenges which EAL pupils might face - academically, culturally and emotionally - as they engage in their education and adapt to the strengths and specific needs of these pupils. This text offers tried and tested strategies for gaining an understanding of EAL provision in primary schools and the development of effective pedagogy for learning and progression. It includes both immediate measures and handy tips as well as longer term strategies to embed into teaching. Designed to be read over a week, the book is divided into seven chapters, each detailing clear strategies, examining the strategy in action and summarising the relevant underpinning theory.



  1. Day 1: tools for talking: engaging EAL learners from the outset
  2. Day 2: reading and writing: strategies for developing EAL learners
  3. Day 3: the whole curriculum: tips for EAL support in all subjects
  4. Day 4: planning: effective differentiation for EAL pupils
  5. Day 5: working with other adults: classroom support for EAL pupils
  6. Day 6: progress: monitoring, managing and maintaining pupil success
  7. Day 7: beyond language: understanding and supporting the cultural and emotional needs EAL pupils might have

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Kirsty Anderson is a Teaching Fellow in the School of Education at Durham University. She teaches English and Art for Education on the UG programme at Durham University where she is also the departmental coordinator for Erasmus and International opportunities. She worked in Newcastle schools for 14 years as class teacher, literacy consultant and as a deputy head. Kirsty has extensive experience of working with children who have English as an additional language through working in diverse, multicultural schools. She is currently attempting to learn Czech whilst also undertaking a PhD exploring the demands of the teaching profession.

Susan Wallace is Emeritus Professor of Education at Nottingham Trent University where, for many years, part of her role was to support learning on the initial training courses for teachers in the FE sector.  She has researched and published extensively on education, training and management of behaviour, and is a popular keynote speaker at conferences. Her particular interests are in mentoring and the motivation and behaviour of students.

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