This page provides access to the publications cited at our networking event in June 2017. We will update this page with useful reports and published open access research relating to children with English as an Additional Language in the UK and abroad.


English as an Additional Language (EAL) and educational achievement in England: An analysis of the National Pupil Database (Professor Steve Strand, Dr Lars Malmberg and Dr James Hall)

This report from 2015 gives a detailed overview of children with EAL in the UK.

The key questions addressed by the project were:

  •  Who are the most at-risk groups of EAL learners and what are the predictors of low
    attainment for these learners?
  • What are the most promising programmes and interventions to address EAL
    achievement gaps on the basis of causal evidence?

A systematic review of intervention research examining English language and literacy development in children with English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Professor Victoria A. Murphy and Adam Unthiah)

The paper from 2015  systematically reviewed intervention research regarding language and literacy for pupils with English as an Additional Language. The review sought to answer the following research questions:

  • What intervention research has been carried out since the year 2000 which has aimed atimproving English language and/or literacy skills in children with EAL?
  • What is the strength of evidence of this research?

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