Thank you so much for delivery such a useful and informative course. I left the course feeling really invigorated because you shared so much with us and I now have a whole new range of ideas and materials to share with my colleagues in school.
Louise Prior, Latifa School for Girls, UAE
“Sofia Ali leads the best training on how to maximise the impact of education for young people who have English as an Additional Language. It is very hands-on and readily accessible for all teachers, and reflects her incredible skills and knowledge in this area. Quite simply, some of the best training teachers can receive.”
Consultant Head Teacher, Northampton
“We all thought it was one of the best EAL CPD sessions we have had.”
Head of Maths, north London academy
“My team secured excellent GCSE results last year, and I am convinced that this is due in no small part to the impact of literacy strategies. Thanks, therefore, for all your input”.
Ian Slade, Head of RE, Alperton Community School
“A very knowledgeable presenter showing much thought-provoking material… Lots of practical strategies – will be able to use in school development. Practical, enjoyable, informative. Could have listened for longer!… Really useful practical ideas to bring current events into the classroom. Will use to improve my training with schools and universities”.
NASSEA Conference Delegates, 2015
“I invited Sofia to review our classroom provision for EAL students. She provided a report which was accurate in its findings and invaluable in the strategic priorities it set for the school.
“As a follow up Sofia delivered a whole-school INSET on supporting EAL learners in the classroom with an emphasis on strategies that would help every child’s literacy development. Her delivery was born of a confidence that her experience as a successful classroom practitioner brings and an authority that engaged my staff.
“Sofia is someone I would recommend to any school wishing to change the way teachers teach.”
Alberto Otero (Headteacher – Colton Hills Community School, Wolverhampton)
“Sofia worked with out Learning Technologist to produce online content to train and support teachers in our family of premium international schools on the subject of developing English as an Additional Language provision. At all times she was professional and courteous, delivering high quality material on time…efficiently and effectively. I would have no hesitation in contracting her again.”
Mark Orrow-Whiting, Director of Curriculum and Student Performance at Nord Anglia Education
“Sofia is a thorough professional: experienced, knowledgeable and well-prepared. She delivered high quality training to both primary and secondary staff and blended strong and clearly explained theory with excellent practical strategies. Very good response from staff. Months later these approaches are still going strong and have been effective. A real pleasure to work with. I would certainly work with Sofia again.”
Gary Minnitt, Vice Principal / Head of Secondary School at The British School of Brussels
“I worked with Sofia in the London Borough of Southwark when we were developing and writing a series of guidance publications on minority ethnic achievement. Sofia worked very efficiently, under tight deadlines, to write a series of case studies of good practice. Sofia drew on her considerable experience in working with different settings to liaise effectively with several schools. Her depth of understanding of good practice in supporting minority ethnic pupils and their families was evident throughout.”
Bill Bolloten, Independent Education Consultant
“Your professionalism, creativity and hard work has led to an improved provision across the school. It has been amazing to see how in the span of just two months you managed to impact the rates of progress of Year 10 students.”
Head of Department, Newham School
“Sofia…delivered a 12 session pupil induction programme in collaboration with teachers across the curriculum. Sofia’s work had a real impact, not only achieving excellent outcomes for the pupils involved, but also improving the school’s assessment of EAL learners, providing a range of high-quality differentiated teaching materials and strategies that were deployed across subject areas, and raising the profile of EAL across the school. I also recruited Sofia to teach PGCE students at a leading teacher-training university, and to train teachers from several schools in one local authority. Overwhelming feedback from participants was that her sessions were ‘very good’ or ‘outstanding’.”
Tim Spafford, Senior EMA Consultant, Islington
“Sofia is rigorous, highly professional and supportive in working with teachers and advisors.”
Lewisham local authority adviser
“Sofia is an expert practitioner – I recommend her highly.”
Senior Consultant, Enfield local authority
“Sofia worked with great dynamism and exuberance in a wide range of subject areas and instituted a number of innovative initiatives.”
Head of Department, Westminster secondary school
“The best training I have received since joining this borough.”
Deputy Head Teacher, north London authority
“It was worth coming just to hear Sofia Ali. Excellent speaker.”
Northern Ireland delegate
“Fantastic, wonderful ideas, very enjoyable.”
Participant, ELA Switzerland
Many thanks for the engaging course on Sunday, I have already started using some of the strategies you suggested.
Charlie Fleming, The Pearl Academy, UAE
I also want to say a big thank you for delivering such a content rich, high quality and resource packed CPD. I thought it was fantastic.
Clare McIntyre, Rashid School for Boys, UAE
“Already thinking of ways to plan differently.”
Participant, British International School, Prague