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The identification of EAL learners with SEND

  • Date: December 06, 2023
  • Time: 12:30 – 13:30
  • Cost: BAISIS member £50  / BSA member £65 / Member additional attendee £20  / Non-member £120
  • Audience: Deputy Head Academic, SLT/SMT, EAL lead, SENCo, SEN staff, all teaching staff, support staff
  • Platform: Zoom (online) – webinar

Content overview:

EAL students, just like English as a first language students, may have additional educational needs. For practitioners, these needs can be harder to identify without fluency in English established. There are a number of factors that can affect progress. This webinar will discuss methods to assess and identify EAL learners with language disorders and additional learning needs.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding factors that can affect learning progress
  • Benchmarking, knowing your students and using the data to monitor progress
  • Working with the SEND team and providing support.



Jennifer Field, Head of the International Study Centre at Kent College Pembury

Jennifer Field is the Head of the International Study Centre at Kent College Pembury. She studied at the pedagogical University of Ludwigsburg (Germany) and was Head of MFL faculties in the UK and overseas before she started working at Kent College. She previously taught German, Biology, Geography and English as a Second language in secondary schools in Germany, England and Malaysia.

Jennifer currently enjoys teaching international students, especially supporting them in Biology and Geography. These subjects seem more demanding, as most students’ vocabulary does not stretch to the higher academic level needed for exam years when they first arrive.

Kate Walters, SENCO at Taunton School

Kate Walters is SENCO at Taunton School, an HMC International Boarding School in Somerset, with over 1200 students from ages 0-18. The school comprises a Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior School as well as an International Middle School and an International Senior School, both of which feed the main school and sixth form. Taunton is non-selective and, as such, SEND and EAL are a key focus. Kate is also an ISI Team Inspector and Access Arrangements Assessor.