About me


Welcome to the EAL-Teaching-Strategies website. I hope you  find informative and useful information here to help you support your pupilsin their journey to proficiency in English.

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The information presented in the website is an accumulation of information gathered over nine years of working as an English as an Additional Language (EAL) consultant in the borough of Brent, London, and ten years of classroom teaching in the UK, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.

As an EAL Consultant I provided training and support to teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders on strategies for supporting and accelerating the learning of pupils for whom English was an additional language. I have supported schools right along the continuum from those achieving outstanding success to those in need of rapid change and improvement. Support included coaching teachers, delivering training and working with leadership to develop effective action plans and implement whole school change.

I am currently a Reading inclusion teacher at Mitchell Brook Primary, a school in brent that has recently been judged outstanding by Ofsted. In my role of boosting reading through the Reading Recovery programme and other methods I regularly teach children for whom English is an additional language.

My classroom teaching experience includes teaching children from 5 years to 12 years in primary settings and a brief period teaching secondary English. I have also worked as an Ethnic Minority Coordinator within a school and led Literacy throughout Early Years, KS1 and KS2.

Through my recent Masters research I explored early literacy, the link between play and literacy, and the role of adults in scaffolding learning. I also supported teachers with EAL action research projects within their own schools, which culminated in a presentation at the International Collaborative Learning Research Network (CARN) in Cambridge.

I hope the website provides you with some useful strategies and resources. If you have any ideas for further content or any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Natalie