Consultation on changes to the English as an Additional Language Service (EALS) - For completion by Pupils and Students

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Closes 3 Feb 2019

What is the English as an Additional Language Service (EALS)?

EALS works in schools, providing specialist teachers and Bilingual Support Officers (BSOs) to support pupils who need help with learning English.  They help pupils settle into school when they first arrive and give them additional English language teaching and bilingual support in order that they can access the curriculum.

EAL teachers provide advice and training for schools. The service can also help communication and understanding between home and school, including interpreting at parent meetings and other meetings, translating letters and making phone calls home.  EALS currently supports 240 pupils in 70 primary and secondary schools.


What has led to the proposal to cease East Sussex County Council provision of EALS?


Until now  schools agreed to jointly fund East Sussex County Council (ESCC) to provide the EAL service on their behalf.

But, at the Schools’ Forum meeting in September 2018, the secondary maintained schools decided not to continue giving their funding to East Sussex County Council - from April 2019 onwards. This means a loss of £137,000 to the service. Primary schools did vote to continue with the current funding arrangement of £415,000 for the financial year 2019/20. However, without the funding from secondary schools, ESCC does not have enough money to deliver an EAL service.

The funding available to support pupils with EAL has not reduced, instead of coming to the Local Authority, it will be held by individual schools for them to use on their own pupils and students. Local schools’ will still have a responsibility to support pupils and students with EAL.



Schools' Forum

Schools' Forum – a representative group of all schools across East Sussex who make decisions on financial matters relating to schools.