Bilingual learners are those who function in more than one language in daily life. The term 'bilingual' emphasises that learners already have one language and that English is a second or additional language.
It's necessary to provide support beyond the learner's acquisition of social fluency to ensure meaningful access to the whole curriculum, to enable learning, achievement and social and personal development.
About supporting EAL
Find out how schools and pre-school centres are supporting their bilingual learners.
EAL in the early years
Creating a setting which is rich in play, active learning and opportunities for collaborative working and language development.
EAL in primary schools
Promoting children’s English language development across a wide range of contexts within the primary setting.
Ensuring that all young people with English as an additional language will realise their full potential by achieving and attaining through qualifications and wider learning opportunities.