EAL and GRT Service: 'Promoting Access and Achievement'

Who We Are

The English as an additional language (EAL) and Gypsy Roma and Traveller (GRT) Service, is a well-established, flexible and experienced team of highly qualified professional specialist advisory teachers and specialist ATAs. A highly regarded service which is based in 6 Hubs across North Yorkshire supporting educational settings within North Yorkshire and beyond.

We are committed to working with schools and settings to continue to improve the quality of teaching, learning and provision for EAL children. We have a very strong track record of helping schools to promote engagement and achievement and we share your passion for delivering the best possible education for all pupils.

Our training courses, in school / setting support, and additional advisory services are based upon research and best practice, with a clear focus on the needs of schools, pupils, teachers and governors. We constantly review and quality assure our service offer in order to ensure that it is of the highest quality. All of our advisory teachers are engaged in professional learning, and are at the cutting edge of EAL teaching and learning developments – through engagement with national Institutions, research projects and ongoing pedagogical developments.

The courses and advice we offer can be tailored to the individual needs of schools and clusters of schools, so that they are relevant to particular needs and contexts. From whole school leadership and management, including the role of the governors, through to teachers and teaching assistants, our services are designed to ensure the maximum benefits for all schools and settings. We are dedicated to improving outcomes for all children and young people from a minority background.

The Benefits of Our Service

The EAL and GRT Service’s core pedagogy is to promote and sustain continuous improvement in the quality of education for EAL and GRT children and young people. We are committed to working in ethical partnership with schools, settings, colleges and other providers, with a focus on improving achievement and outcomes.

All of our advisers are qualified teachers, many with specific post graduate qualifications and extensive teaching experience. The team are supported by highly skilled advanced teaching assistants some of whom also have bilingual skills. The EAL and GRT service has the highest expectations of all staff to continually engage with continuous professional learning and development. Our practice and service is regularly reviewed and evaluated to ensure we provide current and innovative principled practice. We have well established and productive links with a range of local and national institutions including: The Bell Foundation, NASSEA, Nexus, The British Council, The Refugee Council and other local authorities.

Our Services:

We offer a range of services both within and outside North Yorkshire; we are a flexible service and can support schools and settings through centralised and bespoke training. We offer our expertise for the benefit of whole school, subject department, class teacher and teaching assistant development as required. Our service is unique in that we offer two strands of support:

1: Training and coaching for staff and other stakeholders

2: Bespoke support For EAL and GRT pupils to meet their needs

These professionals will deliver bespoke packages to accelerate progress, promote achievement and access to quality first teaching and high levels of attendance at school.

Specialist Advisory Teacher - key areas of expertise that we can support you with are:

  • Initial induction and assessment for new arrivals and their families

  • EAL policy development

  • EAL manager support

  • DfE assessment guidance

  • Leadership development and support

  • Advice, training and support for the effective development of quality first level teaching through provision development- strategies to support differentiation

  • Devising bespoke packages to support teaching & learning

  • Advice, training and support to promote inclusion and independence through access to a mainstream curriculum

  • Support for practitioners across a range of age phases, including wider workforce professional and all educational settings

  • CPD support and training for NQTs, School alliances, SCITT providers and HE ITT institutions

  • Targeted programmes that respond to local and national priorities

Specialist Advisory Teachers will respond to the needs of your school / setting and provide staff training; a number of training packages are already available including effective induction for new arrivals, Developing Tolerant Attitudes to Diversity, EAL in Early Years, Promoting British Values, Developing an EAL Friendly School. Please discuss your needs with the specialist advisory teacher and see Smart Solutions for further details.

Specialist Advanced Teaching Assistants:

  • Deliver the packages developed by the special advisory teachers to enhance and promote learning for individuals and small groups

  • Promotion of initial spoken language – communication and language skills

  • EAL friendly phonics

  • Developing reading comprehension

  • Developing writing skills - promoting understanding of sentence structure and developing confidence in their use and application

  • Pre teaching of subject/ topic vocabulary

  • EAL pupils preparing for test/examination (phonics test, KS2 SATs, GCSE’s: developing academic language and understanding of cultural references.

Our Service Commitment:

We are committed to promoting the educational development of all minority ethnic children and ensuring they are not left susceptible to underachievement. We pledge to:

  • Respond to requests of support

  • Provide detailed initial assessment

  • Offer support that meets the needs of schools, settings and pupils

  • Regularly evaluate the impact of our service with schools and practitioners

  • Continually quality assure the service we offer to ensure that it is of the highest quality, competitively priced and provides value for money and is relevant to the needs of the customer

Book training and support through http://smartsolutions.northyorks.gov.uk/

Maintained schools can book pupil support directly with their local hub:

Catterick, Richmondshire and The Dales

Le Cateau Primary School


Telephone: 01748 832 292



Thirsk High School


Telephone: 01609533831 or 07967295149



Grove Road Primary School


Telephone: 01423 506 060


Scarborough and Ryedale

St Augustine’s Catholic School


Telephone 01723 363 280


Selby & South

Sandpiper House, Selby


01609 532460



Skipton Girls High School


Telephone: 01756 707623


Useful Documents

EAL and GRT Service Brochure

Letter to schools outlining EAL and GRT Service



EAL/GRT Spring 2018 Newsletter