Resources for non-English-speaking pupils

Introduction

This document looks at the additional supports available for pupils who are learning English as an additional language (EAL).

Levels of support for English as an additional language (EAL)

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) provides additional educational resources for pupils who are learning English as an additional language (EAL) in primary and post-primary schools.

Full details of the resources available for EAL support are set out in DES circular 0010/2018 (pdf).

Here is a link to frequently asked questions on Circular 0010/2018 (pdf).

Where at least 20% of the total enrolment of the school is made up of pupils that require EAL support, the Board of Management can lodge an appeal for a review of the proposed allocation for pupils requiring EAL support.

Assessment of language proficiency

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment has Primary and Post-Primary Assessment Kits on its website. The kits can be used to assess non-English-speaking pupils.

Further information

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment has published the following guidelines for schools: Intercultural Education in the Primary School (pdf).

The website of the English Language Support Programme has activities related to the Junior Certificate and the Leaving Certificate curriculums.

Page edited: 8 July 2019