Screening and standardised testing for learners of English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Introduction

According to 2015 School Census data in England, 19.4% of state-funded primary school pupils and 15% of state-funded secondary school pupils have English as an additional language, an increase of 0.7% for both primary and secondary since 2014. Throughout their education, many EAL learners are expected to complete the same screening tests as their monolingual peers. For younger learners, screening tests may focus on phonics whilst older learners may complete a range of standardised assessments such as group reading tests and Cognitive Abilities Tests (CATs).

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