There are a number of assessment tools that can be used for assessing pupils at an early stage of English or for those that have English as an additional language (EAL).
NASSEA has produced a very useful publication ‘Next Step’ that is being used by many Local Authorities and schools who wish to assess initial levels and progress of EAL pupils. This booklet can be purchased for £6.50 each copy (including postage and packaging). Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address details to place an order. For any order related queries please contact the Curriculum and Language Access Service (CLAS) on 0161 253 6422/23 or via email to email@example.com .
The department of education have also produced some interesting assessment models and processes. This booklet is the latest from QCA relating to Assessment of EAL pupils.