English as an Additional Language Service (EALS)

1. What is EALS?

We are a team of specialist EAL teachers and Bilingual Support Officers (BSO). We work with pupils who have English as an additional language to help them access the curriculum and fully integrate in to school life. We work with pupils from the Foundation Stage, KS1-4 and post-16.

We have BSOs speaking 17 of the languages spoken by pupils in East Sussex: Arabic, Bengali,  Bulgarian, Cantonese, Farsi, Italian, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

2. What EALS offer

EALS offers two main support packages:

The Full Support Package includes:

Priced at 100% of the DfE funding your school gets for EAL (no more to pay, regardless of new arrivals)

The Advisory Package includes:

Priced at 25% of the DfE funding your school gets for EAL (Top ups for direct interventions)

EALS Subscription only (available from April 2022)

Priced at £1000 for primary schools / £1500 for Secondary schools (Top ups for all interventions)

3. How to access support from EALS

If you already have a package with EALS you can talk to your Advisory Teacher about what you need, or you can contact the EALS@eastsussex.gov.uk  EALS Manager Deborah at Deborah.owen@eastsussex.gov.uk or the Bilingual Support Team Leader Sue at susan.vanhaeften@eastsussex.gov.uk

The next sign-up window opens in autumn 2023, for the support period April 2024- March 2026

For more details on the packages available to schools go to East Sussex | Services 2 Schools Webshop

4. Useful EALS resources

Go to East Sussex | Services 2 Schools Webshop to find the Advice and Training, Training and Teaching resources, and all the EALS Newsletters available to your school