The impetus to produce The Guide to Inclusive Practice for Welcoming and Supporting EAL Learners arose from a desire within schools to welcome and support all EAL learners, including those born in the UK, living in homes where the first language is not English, and the children of economic migrants, as well as refugee and asylum seeking children and young people.

A group of colleagues, committed to improving the experience of young people in our schools, came together to share their expertise and produce the guide. We believe it will be useful to you whether you are an experienced practitioner or new to working with EAL learners.

Download the latest version of the guide here.

Word versions of the appendices are provided to facilitate downloading and to make it easier for you to adapt them for your particular needs. Handy tip: Rename the documents you download to avoid confusion over which version is being used. Download Appendices.

DAR Volunteer Interpreting Scheme

We’re working in partnership with Darlington College. Funded training opportunities may be available for eligible volunteers. Get in touch with the Adult Skills Training and Employment Team to explore training options at [email protected].

Can you speak English and another language? Join DAR’s Volunteer Interpreter Scheme! We’re building a network of volunteer interpreters to help schools with informal meetings, parent evenings and more. No formal qualifications required – just a willingness to help. Ready to help? Register here.

The EAL Network

The EAL Network gives colleagues an opportunity to share good practice and offer peer support to one another via email. Members of the Network also plan to get together each term. If you are interested in getting involved, please use the contact form to get in touch.