EAL in the Mainstream Classroom

"There is a need to increase the evidence base of effective interventions for EAL pupils in the UK at risk of low attainment." Education Endowment Foundation

What is the EAL in the Mainstream Classroom Project?

The EAL in the Mainstream Classroom is a pilot project funded by the Education Endowment Foundation, The Bell Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy, and delivered by Challenge Partners, in partnership with Hounslow Language Service and Lampton School.

The project aims to support EAL pupils in the mainstream classroom. It is designed to build expertise and capacity among classroom teachers so they can provide the best teaching and learning for EAL pupils, so reducing the need for specialist support.

At the core of approach is a focus on academic language, and the training would support classroom teachers’ use and understanding of grammar, core vocabulary, and spoken language, which are key to helping EAL pupils within a whole class context, and which are also likely to have benefits for children more broadly.

Involvement in this evaluation project will provide half of the participating schools with funded, high quality, accredited training that aims to fundamentally transform the approach of classroom teachers to literacy across the curriculum.

The preparation phase is 2016-17 (training of Delivery Centres) and the Impact Evaluation year is 2017-18, when York University will run a Randomised Control Trial with 100 schools to assess the impact and effectiveness of the training on pupils.

Who is it for?

The pilot programme is initially targeting secondary schools in England, mainly in regions with a high percentage of EAL students and outside of London. After the evaluation phase in 2017/18, the aim is to take the programme to all schools in England.

The project will be delivered by 12 Delivery Centres, that will be trained in 2016/17 by Hounslow Language Service specialists. For the Impact Evaluation year in 2017/18 we are looking for 100 evaluation schools to take part in the Randomised Control Trial and work with the University of York to gather evidence for the evaluation.

How will impact be measured?

The pilot project aims to collect evidence of effectiveness of the new training and impact on Y10 EAL students and teachers’ pedagogy (History and Science will be the subjects the evaluation will be focussing on), plus broader secondary outcomes and impact on all students. The University of York will gather evidence of impact through a Randomised Control Trial.

The evidence gathered will be extremely important to inform what the programme to be opened to all schools in England will need to look like in order to maximise impact on pupils’ learning and outcomes.

Where are the current Delivery Centres?

At present we have Delivery Centres in the following locations:

Apply now to join the pilot project

If you would like to become an evaluation school, please ensure you meet the following criteria:

  • You can release at least one KS4 History and one KS4 Science teachers who each teach at least 14 EAL pupils who will be in Y10 in 2017/18
  • Your school is in reasonable travelling distance of one of the Delivery Centres shown above

For more information about the programme, and to see FAQs, click here. To see the fantastic feedback from Group 1, click here.

Apply to become an Evaluation School

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about the project and the Delivery Centres in your area, please get in touch with us by calling 0207 803 4973 or by emailing eal@challengepartners.org 

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