According to the 2022 School Census, 19.5% of all learners in England use English as an additional language (EAL).
Multilingual learners are an asset to their schools, raise aspirations across the whole school body, help all learners build compassion and global perspectives, while possessing rich linguistic resources that form a foundation for their learning in English.
Multilingual learners need support and care as they adapt to a new schooling system, learn English, and learn in English. However, broader challenges for work in EAL include the increasing invisibility of EAL in public policy, curriculum documents and governance; no ringfenced funding; and little or no accountability of schools and local authorities to higher authorities.
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