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Raising EAL outcomes – £2m fund open for applications

A £2 million fund has been launched to find the most effective ways to raise attainment for students who have English as an additional language (EAL).

The funding round is seeking to award grants to up to five projects to trial and evaluate approaches across “large numbers” of English schools.

The fund is being managed by the Education Endowment Foundation, the Bell Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy. 

The trio of charities has previously jointly commissioned research by the University of Oxford into the barriers to achievement for EAL students.

The resulting report revealed huge variation in the results achieved by EAL pupils. While some catch-up with their peers by the age of 16, average attainment figures mask a huge range of different outcomes.

The report showed that certain factors contribute to low-achievement. These include:

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