English as an Additional Language Service (EALS)

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3. How to access support

Maintained schools - please refer pupils through the Front Door.

Academies - please refer pupils using the EALS Academy referral form, which can be send directly to EALS by email or courier.


All maintained schools are eligible for EALS support. The core allocation of support (Green units) is based on the number of EAL pupils on roll who have been in country for less than 3 years.
When schools’ Green units run out, we top up from our Red units, allocating support to the pupils and schools who need the support most. BSO support is allocated from Red units.


Support is prioritised for pupils:
- with low levels of English Language
- who have difficulty with access to the curriculum
- who are newly arrived in the UK
- have additional pastoral needs


Academies need to buy EALS units in order to access EALS support, both from teachers and Bilingual Support Officers.
Contact us on EALS@eastsussex.gov.uk to find out how many units you’ll need to buy for the input you require.

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