EAL - The Department of Education definition
A pupil’s first language is defined as any language other than English that a child was exposed to during early development and continues to be exposed to in the home or community.
If a child was exposed to more than one language (which may include English) during early development, a language other than English should be recorded, irrespective of the child’s proficiency in English.
EAL - The Ofsted definition
English as an additional language (EAL) refers to learners whose first language is not English.
All children are entitled to equal access to the whole curriculum.
Learning and using more than one language is an asset, and is a learning opportunity for both children and adults in the setting.
Good development of a child's first language has a positive effect on the development of other languages.
The Bell Foundation website will answer many of your questions, as well as provide you with helpful advice and EAL resources for the classroom. Click/tap on the link below:
The Bell Foundation - Exemplification materials (external website)
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They aim to bring high-quality language materials to every learner and teacher who wants them. Click/tap on the link below:
The British Council - English for kids and teens (external website)