English as an Additional Language Service (EALS)

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1. What is EALS?

EALS provides support to primary and secondary school pupils (KS1 – KS4) whose first or home language is not English and where this poses a barrier to their education and makes them vulnerable to underachievement. The support is provided to pupils by EAL teachers and Bilingual Support Officers (BSOs) in the mainstream school settings helping them to improve their English and to achieve their full potential.

EALS do not support pre-school and Reception children in mainstream schools - these children would be supported the Early Years Service.

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