How to differentiate between EAL and SEN

The importance of being able to discriminate clearly between the need for English as an additional language (EAL) support and the need for special educational needs (SEN) support is readily acknowledged by teachers. But it is also widely recognised that, in practice, distinguishing between a language learning need and a special educational need is a difficult task. This publication has therefore been specifically designed to address this challenge. Its simple five-step approach (subsequently referred to as The Procedure) and its associated material have been developed to assist teachers in the process of discerning the real needs of EAL pupils causing concern. 

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