EALAW Resources  



The English as an Additional Language Association of Wales (EALAW) was established in 1998 as a sister organisation to the National Association of Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC: www.naldic.org.uk) following the gradual divergence of education provision in England and Wales during the 1990s.

EALAW is a not-for-profit national organisation committed to the advancement of language and curriculum development for pupils learning English as an Additional Language (EAL).

The general aims of the organisation are to promote good practice in the support of additional language learners and to represent the professional interests of those working with additional language learners in Wales.

The association produces a bi-annual newsletter, organises national conferences and engages with policymakers and others to further development of the profession.The association presently has over 180 members, many of whom are staff employed by LAs and schools, part-funded by the Welsh Assembly’s Minority Ethnic Achievement Grant (MEAG) working with EAL learners, asylum seekers, refugees, migrant workers’ children and other minority ethnic pupils. EALAW’s national conferences offer delegates an opportunity to hear from nationally and internationally renowned speakers, to share experiences, network and learn from each other, and to browse a range of the latest resources from publishers in the field.

Since its inception, EALAW has been regularly consulted by both the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) and by Estyn. The EALAW Committee attends an annual meeting with the Minister for Education and responds to major reports and developments in education in Wales. EALAW members contribute to research and to the production of resources such as the WAG DVD ‘Many Voices, One Wales’ and 'Unity and Diversity' guidance. EALAW was also commissioned by the Welsh Assembly to carry out the first major study on Ethnic Minority Achievement in Wales which was published in 2003.

In these and many other ways, EALAW helps to shape policy and practice in Wales and provide top-quality professional development and access to leading experts in the field of EAL and ethnic minority achievement.

EALAW membership is open to anyone with an interest in the fields of EAL and minority ethnic achievement. Annual membership costs £10.00 for higher salaried members (e.g. teachers and lecturers) or £5 for lower salaried members (e.g. teaching assistants and nursery nurses). Membership entitles you to a copy of the online newsletter, to reductions in conference fees and to a range of online resources, information, archive newsletters, research papers and other publications via the Members area of the website.

If you are an EALAW member, access the Members’ area via the EALAW Members' Login. 

If you want to become a member, click here or on the Join EALAW link in the top menu.

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Latest News  

Attainment of pupils with EAL in England

The DfE published this report about EAL pupils in England in June 2019.

To see the report, click here.

New Refugee and Asylum Seeker plan

New Refugee and Asylum Seeker plan for Wales launched

A new action plan aiming to tackle inequality and poverty among refugees and asylum seekers has been published by the Welsh Government.

To read more, click here.

Preparing for the new curriculum

A new curriculum is being developed for settings and schools in Wales. A draft curriculum is available at the moment for feedback. A final version will be available in January 2020, and will be used throughout Wales by 2022.

For further details click here

Extended Pupil Development Grant to reach well beyond the classroom

Parents in Wales will soon be able to access a new £1.7m fund to help cover the cost of school uniforms, school sports kit and for wider activities such as scouts and guides and sports outside of school.


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