Sofia Ali

Sofia Ali

An EAL and literacy development specialist, Sofia has worked across the globe, developing practical and creative classroom strategies to support the language development of bilingual students.

With over 20 years of experience in classroom teaching, teacher development and school improvement, Sofia is an accomplished facilitator. She is an accredited Language and Literacy Across the Curriculum (LILAC), How Language Works (HLW) and Language, Literacy and Learning (LLL) trainer.

Sofia was a key writer for the New Arrivals Excellence Programme EAL guidance, and has worked as a Refugee and New Arrivals consultant for London Challenge. A lecturer for the M.Ed in Bilingualism in Education at Birmingham University, Sofia delivers highly practical and theory-grounded training that aims to develop teacher confidence in bilingual settings. Her areas of expertise include:

  • EAL
  • Language and Literacy
  • Outstanding Teaching
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Teaching and Learning

Sofia delivers the Outstanding Teaching Interventions programme from EYFS to Y13 for both state and private schools. Using a range of techniques, assessments and feedback, the Outstanding Teaching Intervention is designed to create long-term, measurable improvements to teaching and learning. It has been independently proven to raise teacher performance by one Ofsted level.


“Sofia Ali leads the best training on how to maximise the impact of education for young people who have English as an Additional Language. It is very hands-on and readily accessible for all teachers, and reflects her incredible skills and knowledge in this area. Quite simply, some of the best training teachers can receive”Consultant Head Teacher, Northampton

“Sofia was excellent and made the course really fun and exciting. Thank you for your passion and expertise.”Course Delegate

“The best training I have received since joining this borough.”Deputy Head Teacher, North London Authority