On Demand: Assessing Learners (Secondary & Post-16) with EAL and/or Complex Linguistic Backgrounds Webinar: SASC Authorised

1.5 Million students in maintained schools speak English as an additional language. Over 500,000 international students attend UK schools, 20% of students attending UK universities are from abroad. This workshop will enhance understanding of the issues involved in assessing students with English as an additional language or with complex liniguistic histories for SpLDs.


This is a recording of a practical online workshop linking theory to practice and there are sections within the recordings for you pause and complete tasks. Participants will be given instruction in how to compile a linguistic history, and will learn to select and appraise tests for the diagnostic assessment of students with EAL/ complex linguistic histories; they will be required to interpret sample test results. Participants will also be given practice in bringing together assessment evidence and formulating appropriate wording for a diagnostic report. This workshop complies with the updated SASC guidance on the assessment of individuals for whom English is an additional language (EAL) and / or where there is a complex linguistic history.

Course Description

There will be a focus on distinguishing between literacy difficulties arising from the learner’s language history and risk factors more likely to be linked to a dyslexic / dyspraxic profile. The use of standardised assessment tools will be analysed using case studies, exploring how best to report findings of qualitative and quantitative data. Finally, the course will address the wording of the conclusion and recommendations sections of a diagnostic report.

Participants should be assessors working in a secondary school environment, although applicants from higher education are also welcome. While access arrangements will be discussed, the workshop aims primarily to help assessors implement the updated SASC guidelines for full diagnostic assessments with reference to EAL learners.

  • Typical variations in the EAL / complex linguistic backgrounds assessors encounter.
  • Using theory and research to help identify the ‘risk factors’ for a specific learning difficulty that an EAL learner may present.
  • Using tests and interpreting test results.
  • Establishing sufficient converging evidence and wording the report.

Course Outcome

The course will enable an assessor to gain confidence in identifying a specific learning difficulty, where appropriate, in a learner with an EAL profile or complex linguistic history. It covers theory and the practical application of theory through developing screening tools, exploring typical language-specific patterns of error and critically discussing test use.

Comments by delegates who attended the live session

  • It has shed much light on the irregularities and the confusion around assessing EAL learners. 
  • Excellent. I am a language graduate with great interest in this subject, having always tried to assess EAl learners for AAs and this will help me. 
  • This presenter is absolutely excellent - clear, professional and knowledgeable - really, really useful. 
  • Great balance between lecture and practical activity - feel so much more confident re: EAL.  Thank you.


Delegates are expected to hold a relevant qualification in the diagnostic assessment of SpLD. [Level 7 or equivalent qualification].


The course is pre-recorded as four sections with places in the recording for you to pause and complete tasks. As part of the package delegates will have access to the recordings for a two week period after the event so they can rewatch as many times as they wish.

Course Materials

Delegates will be able to download handouts and print off to have with them while watching the recordings.

Joining Instructions 

Once you have booked and paid for your place, the admin team will give you access to the recordings on Moodle where the course is hosted. The admin team's working hours are 9.00am-5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Terms & Conditions 

Please note, this training must be paid in full before access is given to the webinar. By submitting a booking you are agreeing to pay Patoss Ltd within 30 days or before the webinar at the latest, and accept our Cancellation/Transfer Policy and Terms and Conditions which are shown at the bottom of the website page. 

Delegates will be responsible for ensuring that they have suitable Wi-Fi, hardware and software to enable them to attend the webinar.


Sheila Rostill, Webinar Administrator

E: srostill@patoss-dyslexia.org

T:   07956 644 786

When & Where

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5 Hours

For those professionals seeking to update an Assessment Practising Certificate, this event will contribute 5 hours to the core assessment practice CPD requirements.

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