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Parents of EAL pupils: Support and collaboration

Supporting and collaborating with parents of learners with English as an additional language is crucial if we are to achieve successful outcomes. Kamil Trzebiatowski advises

This article focuses on how schools can engage with the parents of children who use English as an additional language (EAL) and how the knowledge of these parents can be used to support their child’s education.

The child and parents’ home language(s) are a resource that can be used to support learning. This is particularly important at a time when schools are closed, but it is valuable at any time to support what children are learning in school.

Parental involvement is effective in supporting children’s learning overall. Desforges and Abouchaar (2003) linked parental involvement to higher achievement and attainment in their report for the then Department for Education and Skills (DfES).

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