Our child-centred service that is evidence-based and quality-assured. As one of the largest teams of educational psychologists in England we develop and invest in specialist areas of knowledge and practice.
Our Educational Psychology team celebrates the wide range of cultures and languages in Manchester and values its rich diversity.
The special interest group seeks to reflect upon ways of working with this group of pupils and their families that maximises their potential to learn. We wish to help others understand the needs of children and young people for whom the impact of change of language and culture brings particular challenges and opportunities.
As a group we reflect on how our practice displays an understanding of the development of learners for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL). We consider how we can best comprehend the child's experience of education and support them. We seek to ensure that misidentification of presenting needs does not take place and that the child is in no way disadvantaged by assessments or practices that do not fully acknowledge their first language and culture.
For example, we have previously reflected on the use of cognitive assessments with children who do not have English as a first language and how to ensure that their potential is not underestimated. We have considered the role of trauma on a child’s development of language. We wish to work with others to promote this understanding and develop their practice.