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English as an Additional Language (EAL) Coordinator

Berda Claude International School
Phuket, Phuket, Thailand
Date Added: Mar 8, 2024

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Purpose of role

To establish and implement policy, process, and practices to ensure all enrolled students who are multilingual learners acquiring English as an additional language are supported to access the curriculum appropriately.

To lead and mentor EAL teacher colleagues to empower them to support all multilingual learners effectively.

To give support and training to homeroom and subject teachers to ensure a whole school approach to teaching multilingual learners.

To assist school leadership in developing long-terms strategies related to admissions and ongoing identification and assessment of language learner needs across the school.

Responsible to The Cambridge and French Programme Principals

Responsible for

The designated students on the EAL register in the Primary School

Key Relationships: Heads and Assistant Heads of Primary and Secondary, SENCO, Counsellor, homeroom and subject teachers,


To actively support and promote the BCIS Mission, Vision and Values

To align teaching practices with the BCIS Learning Principles and best practices in supporting multilingual students who are acquiring English as an additional language

To liaise with the SENCO as necessary for students with learning differences and individual needs who may be acquiring English as an additional language

To lead all EAL needs teachers regarding transferring students between primary and secondary

To liaise with the school counsellor to ensure a holistic approach to student learning and well-being

To actively help promote a learning and teaching environment across the school in which all teachers actively support students with language acquisition needs across the curriculum

To actively promote each students inclusion in the school community and access to the curriculum, facilities and extra-curricular activities.

Key tasks

Admissions and assessment

  • Conduct assessments according to best practice in order to ascertain whether the school can support the language learning needs of the students applying to BCIS prior to admission.
  • Liaise effectively with SENCO to ensure assessments take into account the needs of multilingual learners and those students who may need language and learning support.
  • Ensure effective communication and provide guidance for senior leaders when placing a student with homeroom and subject teachers prior to the students first day.
  • Ensure all new students are entered onto the EAL register with immediate effect.
  • Ensure appropriate ongoing assessment practices are in place to monitor progress of students on the EAL register.
  • Use assessment outcomes to initiate support and EAL class placement.
  • Refer to SENCO if an individual students language learning progress indicates a learning need.

Leading Learning and Teaching for identified EAL students

  • Ensure widespread dissemination and understanding of the EAL policy and all referral processes.
  • Oversee and advise on the deployment, of all mainstream teachers and Learning Assistants, to ensure that students with language acquisition needs continue to be identified through appropriate assessment and observation procedures and that parents are advised promptly if a change in EAL support is needed.
  • Provide training and development for all staff related to the language acquisition needs present within the current cohort of students at BCIS.
  • Identify good practice and areas for development and take responsibility for creating an annual action plan as part of overall school improvement planning.
  • Communicate new developments in, or research about EAL and language acquisition and best practices to all staff.
  • Establish a coherent partnership with class teachers whereby they are supported in meeting learners individual language acquisition needs.
  • Compile and maintain the EAL registers and update school database.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of support programmes.
  • Compile, maintain and update the departmental handbook and student support handbooks as necessary.
  • Develop appropriate cross-phase and cross-curricular provision and help ensure continuity of support from Primary to Secondary School
  • Help provide induction and support for new students and their families.
  • Ensure that if the student transfers to another school, all relevant information is conveyed, and support a smooth transition for the student.

Teaching assigned students

  • Teach identified learners according to their language acquisition needs following best practices.
  • Monitor the learners in their mainstream classes, in order to further plan appropriate support.
  • Contribute to the development of the language learning environment in all learning areas, creating and maintaining a comfortable, stimulating and well-resourced environment which values learners achievements and promotes success and high self-esteem.
  • Conduct student reviews and twice-yearly reports and assessments.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress of assigned EAL students in conjunction with the class/ subject teachers.


  • Meet regularly with the EAL staff to lead discussions, feedback and planning sessions
  • Communicate and work cooperatively with classroom/ subject teachers and LS/SEN teachers and staff
  • Facilitate and promote positive relationships between home and school, communicating regularly with parents and carers.
  • Report to parents at parent consultation meetings and through the end of year reports.
  • Be available to parents at other mutually agreed times as needed.
  • Liaise with external agencies and other schools as appropriate locally and across the ISP network.

Professional Development

  • Participate in the school, department and individual review process (School Self-Evaluation)
  • Actively seek opportunities for CPD/ professional learning in order to keep up to date with current best practice in UK, France and world-wide, being an active participant in ISPs Global Village.
  • Attend such meetings, workshops and courses provided in school which support the School Improvement Plan
  • Participate in whole school vertical meetings with all staff
  • Provide appropriate CPD/ professional learning for colleagues as needed


  • Participate in the organisation and running of extra curricula activities, and attend and participate in the organisation of school events, productions and sporting events when required
  • Take responsibility for Health and Safety matters for the area within you teach and report any matters that are a hazard thus ensuring that adequate safety precautions are taken with the students
  • Follow the Child Protection and Safeguarding policy at all times
  • Ensure that all behaviour issues are dealt with in accordance with the BCIS Behaviour Policy
  • Supervise areas of the school as outlined in the Supervision Duty Rota
  • Be a role model for students and ensure adherence to the Staff Code of Conduct
  • Carry out other related duties as required by the Academic Leadership Team (ALT).

This job description forms part of your Employment Agreement. It has been prepared for the purpose of school organisation and may change either as your contract changes or as the organisation of the school is changed. Nothing will be changed without consultation. This document must not be altered once it has been signed but it will be reviewed annually as part of the appraisal process or as appropriate

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