NALDIC is led by the Executive Committee, which is made up of member-elected Executives and co-opted Executives.
All of our committee members are volunteers who work with EAL and bilingual learners and their teachers.
NALDIC is led by a 9 member elected executive committee. Three executive members are elected annually and the association Chair is elected every three years.
You can find out more about them below
Peta has worked cross-phase in the field of EAL and race equality as a teacher and as an adviser for over 30 years in Leeds, Bradford, Greater Manchester and Essex.
Until 2015 she was the manager of the Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service in Essex. Peta is currently working as a member of the education and lifelong learning service team in Essex leading on ethnic minority and Traveller achievement.
She has been a member of NALDIC since its inception and was co-opted to the executive committee in January 2006. She was elected to the executive committee in 2007. She became the Association’s honorary secretary in 2010 and is the Chair of NALDIC.
Chair of NALDIC Events
Sara has worked in the field of EAL since 1985, first as a peripatetic teacher in secondary schools in several ILEA authorities and then in a variety of advisory roles working cross-phase in London and Kent and in senior management posts within LEA central services.
She was Head of the Primary and Secondary EAL teams in Newham (1994-99) and Language Development Service in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (1999-2012) where she led the development of EAL assessment and content language EAL courses.
Sara has been a committed NALDIC member since 1994 and is NALDIC Secretary and Chair of the NALDIC Events and Website Committee.
Chair of NALDIC Publications
Constant has been a supporter of the work of NALDIC for some twenty years. He was the inaugural chair in 1993. He the Chair of the Publications Committee and has been active in promoting NALDIC through its publications.
Currently, he is the Editor of the Research Section of TESOL Quarterly, and Associate Editor of Language Assessment Quarterly, as well as serving on the editorial boards of a number of international journals including the Modern Language Journal.
As Professor of Educational Linguistics at King’s College London, his professional and research interests include EAL curriculum development, language teacher education, and language education policy. He is an Academician of Social Sciences. He is strongly committed to the field of EAL.
Constant believes that his school and university teaching experiences will enable him to participate effectively in the future developments of NALDIC as a professional organisation.
Dianne has worked with EAL students in many of Bradford’s inner city schools for more than 25 years and is currently EAL and Literacy Consultant at Feversham College – the first Voluntary-Aided Muslim girls’ secondary school in the country.
Through observation of students and analysis of their work, she has developed strategies to help individual students unlock more of their potential and advises colleagues on how to use literacy to raise attainment across the curriculum.
She has served on NALDIC committees for 12 years and currently co-ordinates NALDIC’s Regional Interest Groups, being responsible for the Yorkshire and Humberside RIG. She has contributed several articles to NALDIC Quarterly and was part of a NALDIC team which produced guidance for English teachers working with students learning EAL at GCSE for the publishers Pearson-Heinemann.
In recent years she has lectured on EAL to PGCE students and NQTs.
Editor, NALDIC Pulse
Hamish Chalmers is a doctoral researcher in the School of Education at Oxford Brookes University. His current principal interest is in empirical evaluation of teaching approaches that incorporate multilingual learners’ home language practices. He is also interested in research methodology, research synthesis, and dissemination of research findings to professional and lay audiences outside of academia.
Hamish qualified as a primary school teacher in 1997. He taught initially in Bath, UK before moving to South East Asia, where he worked in the international sector until 2013. Following extensive experience working with multilingual learners in mainstream international education, he became Director of EAL in a large international school serving children aged 3 to 18, 90% of whom spoke a language other than English at home. As Director of EAL he led a team of EAL specialists responsible for direct support of EAL learners, staff development, the school’s EAL policy, and managing the interface between teachers, EAL learners and their parents.
He is a member of R.E.A.L. (Research in EAL), the research group convened by fellow NALDIC Executive Prof Victoria Murphy, at the University of Oxford. He is also convener of the NALDIC Oxfordshire Regional Interest Group, and sits of NALDIC’s publications committee.
Kamil Trzebiatowski is an EAL Coordinator at a secondary school in Kingston-upon-Hull.
He is a frequent EAL trainer and presenter at conferences and teacher events, and has been involved with several universities to train PGCE students. In 2016, he served as a director for Kingston-upon-Hull’s first EAL Conference, and organised PedagooHull, a free sharing practice conference for teachers at the University of Hull.
He is a contributing writer for NALDIC’s EAL Journal. He is particularly dedicated to improving awareness of mainstream teachers of EAL pedagogy and partnership teaching. Kamil blogs and is on Twitter.
Nicky has been a primary school teacher in Essex and Southend-on-Sea for nearly ten years. Initially working as MFL co-ordinator, she transitioned into EAL when she moved to her current primary school which has a high proportion of EAL where over 40 different languages are spoken. She currently teaches and manages EAL in her school. Her role includes running the Young Interpreters scheme, running English lessons for parents, completing new arrival interviews and ensuring that the school is keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in EAL.
In addition to this role, Nicky has completed external training for other teachers, managers and support staff across the borough and has initiated the Southend EAL network as the local authority support has all but disappeared due to cutbacks. She works with Thames Primary SCITT to host students and to allow them to experience what it is like to teach EAL pupils with such a diverse language range and different needs.
Having worked there for five years, Nicky is very passionate about her school, in particular ensuring that teachers feel supported when identifying children that are EAL but may also have additional needs. She works closely with the pastoral and inclusion managers in her setting to ensure that the right support is targeted towards these children to ensure the best outcomes for them.
Nicky is a fledgling member of NALDIC and has worked with the events committee, and is very excited to be bringing her knowledge from the classroom to the Executive to help with future developments in EAL teaching.
Victoria is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Department of Education, University of Oxford, carrying out research in the area of L2 learning of primary school children. She has a particular research interest in the area of language and literacy development of children with EAL and the nature of cross linguistic transfer/influence in emergent bilingual children.
Victoria convenes a research group (R.E.A.L:www.education.ox.ac.uk/real/) which brings together DPhil and MSc students, as well as other colleagues, all of whom carry out research which it is hoped will ultimately lead to identifying ways to best support the language and literacy development in children with EAL.
It is hoped that their research will contribute to a solid evidence base from which to consider the best ways to support practitioners who work with EAL pupils.
Victoria has published widely in applied linguistics journals and books on the area of L2 learning in primary or pre-primary children, and a number of publications particularly focussed on the literacy skills of children with EAL.
Victoria would like to support NALDIC’s work through enhancing the evidence base of what constitutes best practice in the areas of EAL teaching and learning and assessment.
Yvonne worked for a number of years as an English language teacher in Taiwan and the UK. She initially started teaching English to adults in private colleges in Taiwan and later took up a position as an ESL teacher within an international school and then as Director of Studies within an international school in Taipei, Taichung and Kaoshiung.
When Yvonne returned permanently to the UK six years ago, she taught English for business and academic purposes and then took up a position as a Lecturer in Language Teaching at the University of Edinburgh. She is the Programme Director for MSc TESOL and also teaches on the PGDE Secondary programme.
As well as being a committee member of NALDIC, Yvonne is also a co-director of the Centre of Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES).
Co-opted executive committee members are not elected but volunteer to support us with particular projects or specific sub committees.
You can find out more about them below.
Paul is an experienced practitioner in the field of EAL and minority ethnic achievement.
He worked as a Local Authority consultant for many years, providing support for schools and developing strategy and policies across the LA to increase the access and raise the achievement of children and families with EAL.
He has been a NALDIC member for many years and has attended numerous conferences and association meetings, including being involved in some of the initial NALDIC developments.
Paul has a lot of experience in the organisation of training events and conferences, as well as managing budgets and IT and contributes to the Association’s work in this area.
Diane is an independent education consultant, trainer and writer with 30 years’ experience in teaching, teacher development/training and subject/school leadership cross phase EYFS to KS5.
She has mainstream subject teaching specialisms in English/ English Literature/Media Studies along with specialist knowledge and expertise in Multilingualism, Language and Literacy development, Family Literacy, Equalities and Cultural Competence and EAL strategies/ leadership.
Her professional roles include Head of English, whole school Literacy Lead, LA English/Literacy Consultant and EAL Advisory Team Leader.
She has a successful track record of raising achievement, both directly and indirectly and developing creative, research informed pedagogy which supports learner agency and progress.
Editor, EAL Journal
His research investigates the ways that EAL learners draw on their earlier experiences as part of their school lives.
His academic work can be found here.
EAL Project Officer
Nandhaka has over a decade of experience working in state and independent schools in a variety of roles, including the teaching of Science, EAL and ESOL.
He has also been the EAL Coordinator of a secondary state school, managing the school’s provision and training of teaching and support staff, as well as external SCITT trainees. Additionally, he has provided support (academic skills and mainstream subject) to EAL and SEND learners.
During Master’s research at CLLEAR, University of Southampton, Nandhaka focused on mainstream secondary teachers’ knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about EAL learners’ needs in their subject area. Other areas of interest include teacher practice, teacher education, and also the evaluation and assessment of language.
Nandhaka is a member of various teaching and research related organisations, and is a founding member of UKALTA, the UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment.
Nandhaka consults on a variety of NALDIC projects, including local and national EAL networking, EAL training, the NALDIC website redevelopment, events, membership and publicity, as well as writing, producing and editing materials for publication.
Business Support Officer