The Bridging Programme - English as an additional language support

The Bridging Programme is an English as an additional language (EAL) support scheme for young people in care who have a low level of English speaking, writing and comprehension.

It provides a short term (6 week) education placement for 20 hours a week to help increase the English language skills for those who are most in need of it, whilst a school application is made.

Who qualifies for the programme?

To be able to join the programme, the young person must:

  • be looked after
  • be in year 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11
  • have no or limited English language


  • be without a school place (WASP) or
  • not be in education and employment (NEET) where space allows or
  • newly admitted to a school which may struggle to offer an English as an additional language (EAL) programme

Any young person meeting the qualifying criteria can be signed up.

Children and young people from other local authorities

For any child looked after by another local authority the cost, if the young person is without a school place, is £350 per week.

If the young person is on roll at a mainstream school a nominal fee is charged – usually the Pupil Premium Plus for that young person.

Where will the programme take place?

The Bridging Programme takes place at the

Cobblers Study Centre

We do not arrange transport or provide lunch so this will need to be provided by the social worker, school, or carer.

When does the programme take place?

The programme takes place between 10am and 2.30pm every Monday to Friday throughout the school year.

If the young person is attending school, a bespoke programme to fit in with their attendance can be considered. This would incur a cost to the school (currently £500), which would be taken as the termly Pupil Premium.

How to sign up for the programme

Social workers or designated teachers can sign up a young person for the programme using the form below:

Bridging Programme - sign up