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New Arrivals training

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

Course: New Arrivals training

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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.

For schools on the Isle of Wight

New Arrivals/New-to-English training sessions 

Course: Supporting New Arrivals who are in the early stages of acquiring English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Primary Phase 

Date: 5 February 2018
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm

Secondary Phase 

Date: 25 October 2018
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Date: 12 March 2019
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Venue: Thompson House, Sandy Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight. PO30 3NA

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.

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Questions and answers about the course


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 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.

TEAL Course 2019 flyer

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.

SEAL Training

To book, visit this page

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.

Next meeting date: Monday 8 July 2019, 11am -  3pm at Durban House in Bognor Regis.


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Heritage language GCSE events

Find out more about how to work with EMTAS to offer Heritage Language GCSEs to your EAL students (secondary phase only).

21 November 2018
Wessex Room, Falcon House, Winchester
16:00 to 17:30

6 December 2018
Conference Room 5, Dame Mary Fagan House, Basingstoke
12:00 to 13:30

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.

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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.

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2019 Network Meeting dates

Andover area

Focus: EAL Excellence Award

  • Dates: 12 March 2019 3.45pm for a 4pm start. 4pm to 5pm
  • Venue: LG1, Beech Hurst, Andover

Focus: The role of the EAL co-ordinator

  • Dates: 9 July 2019 3.45pm for a 4pm start. 4pm to 5pm
  • Venue: LG1, Beech Hurst, Andover

Basingstoke area

Focus: Resources

  • Dates: 19 March 2019 from 3.45pm to 5pm
  • Venue: Dame Mary Fagan House, Chineham, Basingstoke

Focus: Young Interpreters

  • Dates: 24 April 2019 from 3.45pm to 5pm
  • Venue: Dame Mary Fagan House, Chineham, Basingstoke

Eastleigh area

Focus: EAL Excellence Award

  • Dates: 11 March 2019 3.45pm for a 4pm start. 4pm to 5pm
  • Venue: Overton Room, Hampshire House, Eastleigh

Focus: The role of the EAL co-ordinator

  • Dates: 8 July 2019 3.45pm for a 4pm start. 4pm to 5pm
  • Venue: Chilworth Room, Hampshire House, Eastleigh

East Hants 

Focus: GRT Excellence Award (Gypsy, Roma & Traveller History Month)

  • Dates: 28 March 2019
  • Venue: The Herne Junior School, Love Lane, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4BP
  • Dates: 6 June 2019
  • Venue: The Herne Junior School, Love Lane, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4BP

Fareham and Gosport areas 

Focus: TBC

  • Date: 24 April 2019 from 4pm to 5.30pm
  • Venue: Ranvilles Infant School, Oldbury Way, Fareham PO14 3BN

Hart and Rushmoor

Focus: Support you can access from EMTAS this academic year

  • Dates: 4 April 2019
  • Venue: Guillemont Junior School, Sandy Lane, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 9ES
  • Dates: 13 June 2019
  • Venue: Guillemont Junior School, Sandy Lane, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 9ES

Havant and Waterlooville


New Forest


Winchester area 

Focus: The role of the EAL co-ordinator

  • DATES: 12 March 2019 - 3.45pm for a 4pm start. 4pm to 5.15pm
  • Venue: Swithun Room, Falcon House, Winchester

Focus: TBC

  • Dates: 24 June 2019 - 3.45pm for a 4pm start. 4pm to 5.15pm
  • Venue: Swithun Room, Falcon House, Winchester

Isle of Wight

  • Dates: TBC

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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.


Training education

Training for other professionals

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Kamaljit Dulai
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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

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Additional information

For interpreting e.g. for home visits or during specific times such as transition

To contact EMTAS, call

  • 01256 330195