EAL Excellence Award

Developed by the EMTAS teacher team, this online school self-evaluation framework supports school-based practitioners to monitor the impact of provision for pupils learning English as an additional Language (EAL) as well as the wider aspects of black and minority ethnic achievement. The tool covers five broad areas: Leadership& Management, Pedagogy and Practice, Data, Assessment & Progress, Teaching & Learning and Parental & Community Engagement. Schools completing the award will need to choose from a set of level descriptors as well as detailing where the evidence can be found to support their awarding level. Once completed, the submission should be printed and/or saved as a pdf and sent to your contact within the EMTAS team. After this an EMTAS teacher will be in contact in order to validate the school’s suggested award level (Bronze, Silver or Gold). Once schools have been validated they will receive a certificate and logo to use on their website.

The EAL Excellence Award is currently being trialed in around 10 Hampshire primary and secondary schools. Feedback has been very positive with EAL co-ordinators reporting that it has encouraged them to think about their current provision, helped identify gaps and highlighted next steps for developing their school’s practice and provision. School practitioners have also identified potential support materials that could accompany the tool, such as model EAL policies, EAL job descriptions, EAL-friendly assessment tools and lesson observation criteria. These are currently in development.

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If you are interested in trialing the tool then contact Chris Pim:

EMTAS Secondary Conference 2018

Monday 15 October 2018
09:00 – 15:30

Winchester venue

The EMTAS Secondary conference is the first of its kind in Hampshire; offering cutting edge and innovative approaches to working with students in secondary settings for whom English is an additional language (EAL), Black and Minority Ethnic students (BME) and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) students, families and communities.

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To book your place:

For online booking please visit quoting course code EMTA0039-18AA

Training for schools

New Arrivals training

Strategies to Support early stage learners of English as an Additional Language (EAL).

This is a session of approximately one hour which focuses on strategies that will support a pupil new to English to access the curriculum. A generic New Arrival session can be delivered to whole staff as part of INSET or as a twilight. Alternatively, a more tailored session covering similar material can be delivered to smaller groups of staff where it would be more useful to focus on the specific needs of an individual pupil.

A New Arrivals training session is appropriate for any members of school staff who may have contact with the pupil/parents including teachers, SENCo, teaching assistants, lunchtime supervisory assistants and admin staff.

As part of their programme of support for New Arrivals who are in the early stages of acquiring English, schools might also find it useful to implement the Young Interpreter Scheme.


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New Arrivals/New-to-English training sessions for schools on the Isle of Wight

Primary Phase

Course: Supporting New Arrivals who are in the early stages of acquiring English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Date: 27 September 2018
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Venue: Community Learning Centre, Westridge, Brading Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight. PO33 1QS

Date: 5 February 2019
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Venue: Thompson House, Sandy Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight. PO30 3NA

Secondary Phase

Course: Supporting New Arrivals who are in the early stages of acquiring English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Date: 25 October 2018
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Venue: Thompson House, Sandy Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight. PO30 3NA

Date: 12 March 2019
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Venue: Thompson House, Sandy Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight. PO30 3NA

To book a place on any of these Isle of Wight courses, email

Advanced Learners of English as an Additional Language

This generic training session looks at how practitioners can meet the language-learning needs of more advanced learners of English as an additional language.

The session:

  • is suitable for staff working with pupils who have been here at least two years and who have already acquired fluency in everyday conversational English.
  • focuses on ways of improving pupils' use of more academic language across a range of curricular areas.
  • is most appropriate for teachers working in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4.


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Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL)

TEAL is for practitioners who have an interest in developing their knowledge and expertise in working with children and young people for whom English is an additional language.

It is a Masters level qualification which we run in partnership with the University of Winchester and it sits within the university’s MA (Ed) programme.

What will the course include?

  • Understanding how children and young adults acquire English when it is not their first language

  • Strategies for the teaching and assessment of pupils with EAL

  • Issues of identity beyond language acquisition: the learner, the family and the school community

Who will run the course?

  • The course is delivered by EMTAS Specialist Teacher Advisors working in collaboration with staff at the University of Winchester.

How is the course assessed?

  • Students have the opportunity to submit assignments for up to 40 Masters Credits (fees vary according to the number of credits being sought).

  • Assignments normally take the form of an essay.

  • Students are supported in writing and presenting at Masters level, and there is the opportunity to match the assignment focus to their own school priorities in supporting EAL learners.

What have previous TEAL Students said about the course?

  • “I really enjoyed the quality of teaching and the resources used in the teaching. The reading we completed prior to each session was like pre-teaching, which enabled discussion and engagement with both tutors and other students.”

  • “Outstanding quality of teaching from very experienced professionals.”

  • “It [the course] has made me far more confident in my ability to deliver a primary curriculum to children with EAL.”

  • “It has provided me with a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of the needs of the EAL children I work with.”

  • “Being able to study and then lead staff training using my study has been invaluable as it really means they are impacting the classroom. This training is very specific to our setting and has had impact in the pupil progress this year – results at the end of this year have improved for EAL pupils.”

When will the course run?

  • The TEAL course is scheduled when the minimum number is recruited.


To register your interest, contact

Supporting English as an Additional Language (SEAL)

SEAL is a course for Teaching Assistants wishing to develop expertise in supporting pupils who are learning English as an Additional Language (EAL).

The course commences in the Autumn Term 2016. There are six units available and these will be delivered one a term over a two year period. Each unit focuses on a different aspect of provision for pupils with EAL.

To book a place, please visit HTLC Learning Zone and search for “SEAL” to find the SEAL units.

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Training

EMTAS can provide ‘Raising Awareness of Traveller Culture’ training bespoke to your setting/district.

This session will identify the different sub-groups of Travellers that come under the umbrella term “Travellers”, focus on Traveller culture, discuss any implications for schools and share good practice.

We can also support with planning to help schools and settings celebrate Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month which takes place in June.


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Gypsy Roma Traveller Cross Border Network Group

Meeting termly, this regional group is for practitioners working with GRT communities in schools.

For more information, please contact
Sam Wilson
01256 330195

Positive Parenting Session

Hampshire EMTAS offers a Positive Parenting session specially designed to address key issues faced by parents/carers from ethnic minority backgrounds. The session provides an opportunity for parents/carers to discuss:

  • the challenges of bringing up children in two or more cultures, especially when living away from the support of family and friends

  • how parents/carers can get their children off to the best start in life

  • ways in which parents/carers can develop positive relationships with both their children and with the schools they are attending.

The cost of the session, which lasts around an hour and a half, is £110 plus £90 if bilingual support is needed.

For more information please contact
Kamaljit Dulai
01256 330195

Network Meetings

EMTAS Teachers run termly network meetings in various venues across the county. These are held as twilight sessions and provide an opportunity for practitioners to meet to share best practice in relation to different aspects of ethnic minority achievement.

The meetings are open to teaching and support staff working with pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds as well as EMA/EAL co-ordinators, SENCOs and line managers in infant, junior and secondary settings.

2018-19 Network Meeting dates are as follows:

Basingstoke area

3 October 2018 from 15.45 to 17.00

Venue: Dame Mary Fagan House, Lutyens Close, Chineham, Basingstoke, RG24 8AG

Focus: assessing EAL

5 December 2018 from 15.45 to 17.00

Venue: Dame Mary Fagan House, Lutyens Close, Chineham, Basingstoke, RG24 8AG

Focus: core principles of EAL – ideal for anyone needing a refresher, including any new staff, especially NQTs

East Hants

27 September 2018

Venue: The Herne Junior School, Love Lane, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4BP

Focus: Support you can access from EMTAS this academic year

Hart and Rushmoor

4 October 2018

Venue: Guillemont Junior School, Sandy Lane, Farnborough, Hampshire,  GU14 9ES

Focus: Support you can access from EMTAS this academic year

Havant, Fareham and Gosport


New Forest


Winchester area


Isle of Wight


To book a place at any of these network meetings, please contact


To book, contact
Lizzie Jenner

EMTAS EAL E Learning

A set of high-quality, cross-phase, interactive online training modules based around catering for the needs of learners of English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Our e-learning is aimed at Governors, Teachers, HLTAs, TAs and Inclusion Managers with particular relevance for trainee teachers, NQTs and key workers recently appointed to the role of working directly with EAL learners.

There are 11 modules available:

  1. Introduction to working with EAL learners
  2. Core principles
  3. Working with parents and the community
  4. The SEND:EAL interface
  5. Teaching and Learning
  6. Bilingualism
  7. Adult Bilingual Conferencing
  8. Catering for the needs of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children
  9. Culturally Inclusive School
  10. First Language Assessment
  11. Role of EAL coordinator


  • The materials have been developed by specialist teachers of EAL in conjunction with senior leaders and class teachers based in local schools
  • They contain a variety of interactive learning materials supported by text, images, podcasts and video
  • There are assessable assets and free-form activities that enable learners to reflect on their current practice
  • The materials can be visited at a learner’s own pace and in their own time-frame
  • The system records progress throughout each unit
  • Completed units are certificated by the system and can form part of a learner’s CPD

See the EMTAS EAL E learning taster units.

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Training for other professionals

Early Years Training

EMTAS is able to offer a range of support packages to develop and enhance inclusive practice in schools and settings. We have expertise in providing guidance and support in relation to various aspects of cultural and linguistic diversity. We can help your staff to work more effectively with BME and Traveller children and their families so that barriers to engagement and learning are removed, wherever these exist.

All EMTAS training for Early Years settings is now available through SfYC Professional Options

Additional information

For interpreting e.g. for home visits or during specific times such as transition, please contact EMTAS directly 01256 330195.


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