With more than 1 in 5 primary pupils identified as using English as an additional language, linguistic diversity is a feature of many classrooms. In this Best Practice Focus, Glynis Lloyd, Sarah Moodie and Sheila Hopkins describe a whole-school framework for building an inclusive approach to address the social, pastoral and academic needs of multilingual pupils
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Multilingual learned who are new to English or in the early acquisition stages face the double challenge of learning English and learning in English. How can busy primary schools support these learners and enable them to meet these challenges.

This seven-page Best Practice Focus – published in the Summer 2024 edition of Headteacher Update – offers practical advice, ideas and resources to help primary schools support the social and academic development of their EAL pupils.

It has been written by experts from The Bell Foundation, a charity working to overcome exclusion through language education.

The advice covers a range of good practices, looking at a whole-school approach to EAL, how schools can be linguistically inclusive, and considering what good EAL policies and governance look like.

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