Addressing current issues in EAL sector

This section of the website introduces different aspects of provision for EAL learners at regional and local level. 

You can read about different systems and processes that have been developed for supporting schools and teachers across local authorities in the four nations.

There is a page about different routes into teacher training in the UK and what type of specialist training in teaching EAL learners may be available in each context.

Finally we introduce some case studies of different types of local and regional provision for guiding and supporting schools in making provision for their EAL learners, including supplementary education settings.  


In 1966, Section 11 of the Local Government Act made funds available to meet the needs of people of commonwealth origin with language or customs which differ from the rest of the community.

Since the early 1990s, there have been no PGCE or B.Ed. courses specialising in EAL. Over the last twenty years, the EAL population of our schools has grown considerably, spread in geographical range and become more varied.