Maintaining high expectations for every pupil has long been perceived as a crucial aspect of learners’ education and can be linked to the Pygmalion Effect (Rosenthal, 1974) which refers to the influence that other people’s expectations have on achievement.
Indeed, the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2011) requires all teachers in England to set high expectations to inspire, motivate and challenge pupils.
In the most recent Education Inspection Framework (Ofsted, 2019), the Quality of Education section requires education providers to have the same academic, technical or vocational ambitions “for almost all learners”.
Maintaining high expectations for learners using English as an additional language (EAL) is crucial if they are to reach their full academic potential; the English language barrier need not be the reason to lower expectations.
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