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English as an additional language (EAL) coordinator role

The EAL Co-ordinator role

The role of the EAL coordinator is varied and may involve a range of responsibilities that fall into five main categories:

Data, Assessment and Progress

  • Maintaining EAL register
  • Target setting
  • Monitoring impact of provision

Teaching and Learning

  • Coordinating the use of peers as buddies
  • Leading EAL interventions
  • Pupil’s voice

Parental and Community Engagement

  • Sending strong messages in terms of valuing first language
  • Liaising with families
  • Gathering background information

Pedagogy and Practice

  • Supporting colleagues with lesson planning
  • Learning Walks
  • Offering CPD

Leadership and Management

  • Writing an EAL Action Plan
  • Maintaining EAL budget
  • Feeding back to SLT and Governors

The EMA team offers support and advice to practitioners leading EAL in their schools through:

  • EAL network meetings, where participants can share and discuss EAL-related issues
  • 1:1 initial consultations for EAL Leads new to their role
  • Reviews of EAL provision in schools
  • Review and help with drafting statutory documents, e.g. action plans and policies
  • CPD sessions
  • EAL assessments

For further details please contact your local ethnic minority advisory teacher.

Last updated 15 October 2020

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