English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Students with EAL are those students for whom English is not their first language. Students with EAL learn English by being in the classroom and interacting with their teachers and peers.
General strategies to support students with EAL
The school has an EAL policy (a full copy of the policy is on the website under Our School/Policy Notes) in which it is recognised that teachers can take various actions to support EAL students including:-
- ensuring that vocabulary work covers the technical as well as the everyday meaning of key words e.g. homophones, metaphors and idioms
- explaining how speaking and writing in English are structured for different purposes across a range of subjects
- providing a range of reading materials that highlight the different ways in which English is used
- ensuring that there are effective opportunities for talking, and that talking is used to support writing
- encouraging students to transfer their knowledge, skills and understanding of one language to another
- building on students’ experiences of language at home and in the wider community, so that their developing uses of English and other languages support one another. This could be by using written translations to support vocabulary building and understanding when this is appropriate.
- provide writing frames as scaffolding towards more independent learning
- key vocabulary identified by all departments
Admission, MID-PHASE ADMISSIONAND INDUCTION OF EAL STUDENTS
The admission of EAL students follows the school’s admission procedure with the addition of:
- An additional interview to collect further information about the student and family background
- An initial assessment of students for those arriving from abroad or for those students transferring from another UK school where there is no recent information to assess the level of their English language skills.
- Induction support by our EAL team is differentiated according to the individual needs of the students
- The organisation of buddies from the tutor group to offer support
Leading Learning Support Assistant for EAL
Identified students receive in-class support to help them apply their new vocabulary and sentence structures. They also have small group intervention sessions to develop their knowledge and understanding of English.
KS3 and KS4: Specific Interventions
Identified students are identified by the EAL team for additional and specific support after school.
The school tracks students with EAL each term to monitor and feedback their progress, identifying any particular areas of weakness, in order to assess future actions needed.