English as an additional language

The Standards and Excellence team run an English as an additional language (EAL) Network and welcome all Suffolk schools to join and be part of this.  It gives valuable opportunities to share good practice and resources, discuss issues as they arise, have input from our EAL Specialist Leaders in Education and also from guest speakers at various points throughout the year. Sally Swann, Regional Lead for Education and Katie Magill, GRT Liaison Officer, look forward to welcoming you.

Network dates 2023-2024

EAL Network Meetings will take place half termly throughout the year on the following dates:

  • 29 January 2024
  • 19 March 2024
  • 16 May 2024
  • 2 July 2024

All at the usual time of 3.45pm – 5.15pm.

It is an opportunity to discuss topical issues, share challenges, successes and provide support to each other. Guest speakers also attend on a needs basis.

We would especially like to encourage colleagues from schools who have not attended before.

Please email [email protected] FAO Emily Gough for meeting teams invite.

Useful links

Refugees, war and conflict | Suffolk County Council

Specialist leaders in education (SLEs)

We have a secondary and a primary SLE available to work with school leaders in a bespoke way according to need.  Please see below an overview of the process and the scoping document that school leaders are required to complete to access the support.  The cost of 1 x day support for an SLE is £350.

School to school support scoping specification

School to school support process

For further information please email [email protected]

Funding for Ukrainian pupils

Any education setting who has Ukrainian pupils please email [email protected] in order to find out how much funding the school is entitled to and how to receive it.