English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Children who are learning English as an additional language (EAL) have skills and knowledge similar to those of monolingual English-speaking children. Their ability to participate in the full curriculum may well be in advance of their communicative skills in English. The school is committed to making appropriate provision of teaching and resources for pupils for whom English is an additional language, and for raising the achievement of ethnic minority pupils who are at risk of underachievement. The school will identify individual pupils’ needs, recognise the skills they bring to the school, and ensure equality of access to the curriculum. Each EAL pupil has an individual learning plan (ILP) to identify areas for development, a provision that is in place, targets, and action points. The ILPs are drawn up by our SENCO with input from the class teacher, parents, and the pupil if appropriate. Initially, support will focus on the extension of vocabulary to facilitate access to all areas of the curriculum. Support tends to be within the classroom, especially in reception and Key Stage One but pupils may be withdrawn when more intensive support is required.