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Six Organisations Helping to Support EAL Children in their Development

1. The Bell Foundation

The Bell Foundation is a charity aiming to overcome exclusion through language education. They work with partners on innovation, research, training and practical interventions. They also provide a Going Back to School Guide in 18 languages to support children returning to school after a period of absence due to Covid-19.

2. NALDIC

NALDIC, the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum, provides a professional forum for the teaching and learning of English as an additional language. They support bilingualism, raising the achievement of ethnic minority learners and promoting the development of research, policy and practice by organising conferences and events, facilitating professional networks and producing a variety of publications, including the popular EAL Journal.

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3. National Literacy Trust

The National Literacy Trust are an independent charity who work with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills needed to succeed in life. They provide resources for teachers and Early Years practitioners as well as parent and families.

4. The Communication Trust

The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations who work together to support everyone who works with children and young people in England, encouraging and enhancing their speech, language and communication

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5. Pacey

Pacey, the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, provide a checklist to track how your setting works with parents, children and internally to ensure the best provision for EAL children, as well as an action plan template to set personalised goals for your team.

6. The English-Speaking Union

The English-Speaking Union is a charity that works to give young people the speaking and listening skills and the cross-cultural understanding they need to thrive. While a lot of their programmes are aimed at older children, they have programmes and resources to support children, and the practitioners working with them, from age five and up.