High challenge, high support programs for EAL/D students

Dr. Jennifer Hammond & Maya Cranitch

NESA accredited

4 hours

Available all year

Online unmoderated course


This course is the first in a series of three, comprising the PETAA Program: Supporting EAL/D Students in our Classroom. Click here to book the full program and receive a discount!

High Challenge, High Support Programs for EAL/D Students, created by Jennifer Hammond and Maya Cranitch, unpacks the importance of providing high challenge programs for EAL/D students in mainstream programs, while also providing high levels of support in response to students’ specific needs. It provides insights into classrooms that are characterised by high challenge and high support and what such programs look like in practice.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify how programs that are characterised by high challenge and high expectations provide all students with access to a full curriculum
  • Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning
  • Identify what high support means, implement strategies that offer high support for EAL/D students in mainstream classes and design programs that are characterised by high support
  • Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

Who should participate?

  • Teachers F-6 with EAL/D students in their classes, including new arrivals
  • Literacy Leaders
  • EAL/D Coordinators
  • Principals, Deputy Principals and Assistant Principals with EAL/D students in their schools
  • Heads of Curriculum, Instructional Leadership and Teaching and Learning

How does it work?

  • Individuals: upon registration individuals will be sent a link to access the PL on our online learning platform.
  • Group Booking: Schools wishing to enquire about making a group booking should email us with the number of teachers they are wanting to enrol in order to receive a quote.
  • PL Subscription: Access this course via the PL Subscription homepage. All PL subscription members receive free access to all online unmoderated courses. 


Cost of participation




PL Subscription School Member
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Group booking (10+)


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This course is NESA Accredited

For NSW teachers: Completing this course will contribute 4 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PL addressing standard descriptors 1.3.2 and 1.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Related Courses:

PETAA Program: Supporting EAL/D Students in our Classroom

Program Planning to Support EAL/D Students

Talking to learn and learning to talk for EAL/D Students

Please note - this course used to be called Effective pedagogy for EAL/D students.

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