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EAL Conference Sheffield 2018: Reading Beyond Decoding

Date: Thursday 28 June 2018
Time: 10.00 AM to 04.30 PM
Venue: Sheffield Hallam University, Charles Street Building, Charles Street, Sheffield S1 2ND

This conference brings together best practice around EAL teaching and learning that benefits all pupils in school, including EAL learners from beginners to advanced.

To register please click here (£130 per delegate, early bird discount to £110 until 5 May 2018, 25% off the full delegate rate for 2 or more bookings per establishment) For registration queries please contact the Events Team office on 0114 225 5340.

Keynote speakers

Dr Claudine Bowyer-Crane
Senior Lecturer - Psychology in Education Research, University of York

Reading and language development in children learning English as an Additional Language. BetterStart Bradford project.

Professor Kalwant Bhopal
Professor of Education and Social Justice, University of Birmingham

Research on the achievements and experiences of minority ethnic groups in education with a focus on the marginal position of Gypsies and Travellers

Gulwali Passarlay
Co-founder of refugee NGO ‘My Bright Kite’

Author of The Lightless Sky: A Twelve-Year-Old Refugee's Extraordinary Journey Across Half the World

Mark Sims
HMI and Ofsted National Adviser for EAL

EAL and Ofsted update and ‘Question Time’ session answering questions posed by conference delegates


Stephen Parsons and Anna Branagan - Word Aware
Teaching Vocabulary across the day, across the curriculum (all phases)

Dr Paula Clarke, University of Leeds
Teaching and intervention approaches to help children engage with text and experience reading with meaning (all phases)

Anna Czebiolko – Leeds
Learning 100 words in 10 minutes. Speedy vocabulary acquisition drawing on knowledge about language families (all phases)

Shabnam Shah and Val Huzzard, Sheffield City Council
Early Reading Intervention for Newly Arrived Roma pupils (Primary)

Silverdale School and King Ecgbert School, Sheffield
Strategies for accessing reading in the curriculum. EEF EAL Research Project (Secondary)

Oasis Academy Watermead, Sheffield
Accelerating the progress of EAL learners. Awarded the School of Sanctuary (Primary)

Jess Stevenson Assistant Headteacher, learning and inclusion - Newfield School, Sheffield
EAL and SEN (Secondary)

Anne Hulley - Reading Consultant Sheffield
An introduction to inference training, based on the work of Yuill and Oakhill. Identifying the barriers and making comprehension strategies
explicit through the use of ‘instructional conversations’ (all phases)


  • Books and Resources available
  • Poster Presentations
  • Multi-cultural bookshop (Bradford)
  • Schools Library Service
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