Our Centre is fully supportive of the recent position statement by the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC), of which CERES Director Dr Yvonne Foley serves as an Executive Committee Member.

The position statement challenges the fact that Ofsted has removed, without consultation, the role of National Lead for EAL, ESOL and Gypsy, Roma and Travellers. This highlights the lack of attention and consideration of the many bilingual and multilingual learners in English schools.

You can read the full statement here.

At a time in which EAL services across the United Kingdom face cuts to their funding and research highlight the continued impact of institutional racism, we can not be complacent about this development.