EAL Support Model

The Department of Education is committed to providing high quality, inclusive education for English as Additional Language (EAL) students. The EAL Service provides a resource for schools to assist EAL Students in their acquisition of English.

Watch the video below to find out more about the EAL Support Model.

EAL support is provided on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Student comes from a family where English is not the main language spoken at home.
  • Student has had less than 5 years of schooling, where the language of instruction was English.
  • Students cannot independently access the mainstream curriculum due to their English proficiency.

The Department’s EAL support is a ‘needs-based model’. The model has been informed by a set of eight Guiding Principles.

These guiding principles include:

  1. Transparency
  2. Equity and Fairness
  3. Accountability
  4. Simplicity
  5. Student Centred and Needs-based
  6. Financial Sustainability
  7. Inclusive Practice
  8. Flexibility

The eligibility and level of EAL support is based on the student’s English proficiency levels.  These levels align to the EAL/D Learning Progression within the Australian Curriculum.

School Resource

The purpose of the resource is to assist EAL Students in their acquisition of English.

The EAL resource is not tagged to individual students, however the total resource allocation for each school is calculated using EAL student numbers plus English proficiency levels. The annual actual allocation for each school is determined post census in Term 1.

Schools may be eligible for EAL Teacher FTE from the EAL Service and/or money. Schools have the flexibility to use the resource in the best way to support each EAL student to learn English.

Contingency supports may be available for eligible new EAL arrivals who arrive throughout the year.

For further information about English as an Additional Language services and supports, please contact: eal.service@education.tas.gov.au