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Supporting pupils with English as an additional language

There are now more than one million learners in UK schools who speak English as an additional language (EAL). This represents a onsiderable proportion of the school population, well above 15 per cent. In our schools, we welcome a number of pupils from diverse backgrounds and are delighted by the way in which all pupils settle into our school community and make good progress in their learning.

How we meet the needs of EAL learners:

Certain principles help teachers adapt their lessons to the needs of EAL learners. By following these, teachers can help these children reach their educational potential and play a positive part in school life. Strategies recognised as highly effective in supporting the language development of EAL pupils are also recognised to be effective in supporting all learners. We therefore adopt these as a core part of our teaching and learning in all lessons.

We support EAL pupils in our lessons the following ways:

  • Systematically teach the building blocks of the English Language, through phonics, handwriting, grammar, reading and writing lessons, daily.
  • Use more visuals in the form of pictures, photographs and video clips to help learners make sense of new information.
  • Use support materials to help learners develop and organise their thinking.
  • Offer high level of oracy within lessons, encouraging pupils to talk to their peers and adults in the classroom. 
  • We view our school community as a rich resource and actively seek opportunities for pupils to share experiences and cultures from other countries and bring an international perspective, helping their peers understand different cultures, people and points of view better.
A copy of the EAL Policy can be accessed on our School Policies website page on the below link: 
School Policies