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Supporting new starters with EAL

As another new school year gets underway, how can you more effectively support new arrivals who might not speak English at home? Beth Walton looks at five key steps to giving good all-round support

At The Key, we know that providing effective support for pupils with English as an additional language (EAL) is a challenge for many schools.

School leaders have told us that lack of funding to secure further support, and the rigidity of curriculum/assessments is putting pressure on them, and yet figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show that the number of pupils with EAL has been steadily rising over the last 10 years. More than one in five (21 per cent) pupils in state-funded primary schools speak a language other than English in their home.

So how can you engage and empower your new pupils with EAL during the coming school year?

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