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Parents with EAL: asking about first languages

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Last updated on 2 September 2016
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How can we sensitively ask parents with English as an additional language (EAL) about their child's first language? We relay advice on this question from one of our associate education experts, and link to further information about engaging parents with EAL.

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  1. 1 Explain why the school is collecting the information
  2. 2 Have a clear EAL policy
  3. 3 Build relationships with the community
  4. 4 Engaging parents with EAL: strategies

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