Headteacher Update Podcast: Supporting pupils who use English as an additional language

This episode offers practical advice and examples for how primary schools can best support the education and wider development of pupils who use English as an additional language (EAL), including refugee children.
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The podcast features three experts and opens with each guest offering their three tenets of best practice for EAL.

We discuss what primary school leaders can do to ensure effective whole-school provision for EAL pupils, including effective teaching and learning approaches.

We talk specifically about how to support refugee and asylum-seeking pupils given the arrival in recent years of children from Afghanistan, Ukraine and elsewhere.

The podcast discusses EAL pupils’ English language development, including what our panellists think about the use of phonics versus language immersion techniques? And how can we best assess early levels of English fluency and use assessment in general to understand progress?

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