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Ensuring the attainment of more advanced learners of English as an additional language (EAL)

Publication date:
May 2009
Advanced learner, EMA consultant, EMA manager, Subject leader, Teacher
Continuing professional development (CPD), Leadership, Training, Training materials, Developing pedagogy, Initial teacher training (ITT), Intervention, Progression guidance
Pack, Key resource, Training guide


This publication is available in a ZIP file (4.8 MB). (The contents of this zip file can be downloaded from the attachments area to the right.)

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The CPD modules in this folder are the product of a three-year pilot programme aimed at closing the attainment gap for more advanced learners of English as an additional language (EAL). The materials contain resources to support the development of provision for more advanced EAL learners and can be delivered by local authorities or schools themselves.

Narrowing the Gaps

Although the materials were designed to support provision for EAL learners, an important additional finding of the programme was that other underperforming pupils, such as those eligible for free school meals, also benefited from the focus on:

  • developing higher-order thinking skills
  • developing academic language and register
  • improving extended writing.

The modules

The introduction provides advice on the potential audiences and possible routes through the materials to enhance a school's programme of CPD. There are 10 modules which focus on teaching and learning, leadership, analysing writing and setting targets:

  • senior leader briefing
  • analysing writing
  • making sense of literary targets
  • talk as a tool for teaching
  • bridging talk and text
  • reading as a writer 1
  • reading as a writer 2
  • thinking and writing as a writer
  • developing a strategic approach
  • parents and community.


The presentations

Each module is accompanied by presentation slides and advice on how to use the presentation in conjunction with the script and resources.

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    DfE Publications
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