About EALAW

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  

Welsh Government Evaluation report on capacity building approaches to support the delivery of English as an additional language in Wales

The independent research, commissioned by the Welsh Government and produced by the People and Work Unit, involved discussions with 8 local authority Ethnic Minority Achievement Services (EMAS) and 5 schools, with varying EAL needs, and invited comments from all service providers across Wales.

Click here to see the full report

Literacy and Numeracy Tests - Access and Disapplication Arrangements

Information and guidance on access and disapplication arrangements for the Literacy & Numeracy Tests 2015 can be found here. Specific information on EAL/WAL learners is in Annex Five.

Changes to the National Curriculum in Wales

IMPORTANT - Changes to the National Curriculum in Wales - Phase 1 - Literacy & Numeracy

The changes have combined the Literacy& Numeracy Framework with the Areas of Learning (Foundation Phase) and the Programmes of Study (KS2 onwards) and have been extended to now include Nursery through to KS4.

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EALAW Consultation Responses

Click to download EALAW's response to the Literacy Framework Consultation 

 Click to download EALAW's response to the ALN/SEN Reform Consultation 

   

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