Our school celebrates the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of all learners. We recognise and value the home languages and cultural backgrounds of pupils who are learning English as an additional language (EAL). As a school, we value bilingualism and see it as a positive strength. EAL pupils make a valuable contribution to all aspects of our school life.
All of our children with EAL are taught in an inclusive and stimulating environment. Class teachers use a range of strategies to ensure children with EAL are able to access the learning and curriculum whether they are Advanced Bilingual Learners (ABL) or New to English (NtE). The children are able to socialise and interact with their peers who speak English fluently which allows them to learn the language quickly.
The progress and attainment of all EAL learners in reading, writing and Mathematics are closely monitored by the Class Teacher, the EAL Lead and Management to ensure they are doing as well as they can. We recognise that we are lucky to have pupils from a range of backgrounds, who speak a variety of languages. This adds to and enriches the culture of our school.
If your child is New to English Mrs Edhah (the EAL Coordinator) will meet with you to make sure you have all the information you need about the school. Mrs Edhah will also find out all about your child’s educational background to ensure your child is well supported and their needs are addressed as well as ensuring your child has a smooth transition into their new class.
We have a ‘New arrivals’ program for these children and their families. This program clearly lays out the procedures that need to be followed once a child is offered a place. The program covers the induction and support for newly arrived bilingual pupils.
Most EAL pupils needing additional support do not have special educational needs. Should special educational needs be identified, EAL pupils have equal access to schools SEN provision. If EAL pupils are identified as Gifted and Talented, they have equal access to the school’s provision.
We are committed to supporting our parents and the community. The following courses are currently offered to our parents.
|Course Name||Start Date||Day and Time||Tutor||Location|
|Functional Maths||20th September 2021||Mondays, 1.00pm to 3.00pm||Lillian Goodwin||Our Hive (formerly Little Colliers) opposite the school|
|Family Learning various sessions available see Timetable attached. Choose a course of interest or attend them all||20th September 2021||Mondays, 1.00pm to 3.00pm||Vanessa Wade||Our Hive (formerly Little Colliers) opposite the school|
|Functional English||21st September 2021||Tuesdays, 1.00pm to 3.00pm||Karen Dart||Our Hive (formerly Little Colliers) opposite the school|
|ESOL||January 2022 - Start date to follow||Tuesdays, 1.00pm to 3.00pm||TBC||Our Hive (formerly Little Colliers) opposite the school|
If there are any other courses you wish to be offered, then please see Mrs Edhah who will gladly look into it.