The IDEAL team supports schools to enhance the education and welfare of BME and EAL pupils and families and ensures inclusion and equality

IDEAL Conference 2020

For the first time ever, IDEAL’s EAL Conference 2020 took place as a virtual event in October, entitled ‘Scaffolding Language, Scaffolding Learning.’ The programme included live and recorded workshops, featuring international EAL specialist Andy Harvey, and an overview of the work and research of renowned EAL expert Pauline Gibbons. The flyer outlines the workshops that were on offer at the conference, here.

If you would like to view any of the conference workshop recordings, please contact to find out how this can be done.


Our areas of specialism we can support you with:

  • EAL new arrivals and more advanced EAL learners
  • Anti-racism & Black Achievement
  • Diversity within the curriculum

We can support your school with:

  • Our Nottingham-based central CPD programme
  • EAL network meetings
  • Standard or Enhanced support packages
  • School training events
  • Teaching resources for targeted work and for the mainstream classroom
  • Nottingham City’s Framework for EAL Language Stages for assessing and tracking EAL learners
  • Early-stage EAL assessments and teaching packages
  • Partnership teaching and /or whole-school development initiatives
  • Support for achievement of the EMTAS EAL Excellence Award

Contact us to discuss your requirements or for more information             

Tel: 0115 8764690

Central Training Programme 2020/21                                 

Click here to view the IDEAL Central Training Programme 2020/21.

 The EAL Excellence Award 2020/21

Click here for information on the EAL Excellence Award 2020/21.