Project offers support to teachers of EAL students

A project has been launched to help UK teachers develop skills for supporting young learners who have English as an additional language (EAL).

It is estimated that there are now one million EAL learners in UK schools and government research in 2013 found that teaching these students is the area that NQTs feel least equipped for.

Entitled EAL Nexus, the project is being run by the British Council and The Bell Foundation and it involves a new website hosting a database of materials designed for EAL learners. It is thought to be the first site of its kind for UK teachers and the materials follow the different school curricula of the home nations and come with teacher notes.

The project will also see a series of workshops and seminars taking place, developed in collaboration with The Bell Foundation and the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum.

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