EAL 2017-12-21T15:08:47+00:00

My child has English as an Additional Language

The Ofsted definition English as an additional language (EAL) refers to learners whose first language is not English. These definitions therefore cover the following

  • Pupils arriving from other countries and whose first language is not English
  • Pupils who have lived in the UK for a long time and may appear to be fluent, but who also speak another language at home. These pupils are often not entirely fluent in terms of their literacy levels
  • Pupils who have been born in the UK, but for whom the home language is not English (e.g. Bengali children who are born in the UK, but arrive at school with very little English due to having spoken only Bengali at home and within the community)
  • Pupils who have a parent who speaks a language other than English and the child communicates with in that language (ie. bi-lingual children) It is important therefore to recognise that children who have British citizenship can still be EAL

What can The Priory offer?

  • Promote equality of opportunity for all learners for whom English is an additional language
  • Deliver a broad, balanced curriculum which reflects the needs of children for whom English is an additional language
  • Promote and encourage the development of the student’s first languages in order to encourage them to access appropriate qualifications (e.g.: a GCSE in their first language)
  • Ensure that EAL students are assessed in their first language where possible and where appropriate
  • Provide all staff with high-quality professional development to develop their knowledge and skills for teaching EAL learners
  • Quality First teaching with appropriate differentiation (including best SEN practice)
  • Visual aids to support key vocabulary, concepts and theme
  • Access to homework support clubs
  • Access to Lexia Strategies computer based reading intervention program
  • Access to assessment for identification of significant needs
  • Assessment and identification of language need
  • Learning Support Assistant provision in some lessons
  • Access to EAL Support Co-Ordinator (specialist HLTA)

As for all Priory students plus…

  • 1:1 session with EAL Support Co-Ordinator (specialist HLTA)
  • Individual Learning Support Assistant provision in some lessons
  • On-going monitoring and regular feedback to parents and students
  • Exam access arrangements
  • Post 16 transition support

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