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NALDIC argues for professional equity
In recent months NALDIC has been contacted by a number of members on issues concerning professional equity and the status accorded to EAL teachers, co-ordinators and consultants within schools and local authorities. In response, we have recently written to the DCSF to express our concerns on members' behalf. NALDIC’s position is that schools, local authorities and government agencies should recognize the field of EAL as a unique academic and professional discipline that is distinct from, but on par with, other subjects.
NALDIC is opposed to policies that treat EAL teachers differently from their counterparts with comparable credentials in other disciplines. We believe this is important to foster equity and integrity in schools and in society at large, and is especially pertinent in the current climate of opinion, which is often hostile towards individuals from minority ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.
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19 Feb 2009