Our specialist teachers deliver outcomes for all children and young people and their families speaking English as an additional language.
We provide guidance on how to support new to English pupils and new arrivals at the early stages of learning English, and develop higher level comprehension and language skills.
Choose The Support You Need
- Induction Support
- First Language Assessment
- EAL Teaching and Learning Support For KS2
- EAL Professional Development Package
We also offer ELKLAN speech and language support to develop communication skills for all children, including those with EAL.
Definition of EAL Department for Education
A pupil’s first language is defined as any language other than English that a child was exposed to during early development and continues to be exposed to in the home or community. If a child was exposed to more than one language (which may include English) during early development, a language other than English should be recorded, irrespective of the child’s proficiency in English.
Asking the right questions during the initial meeting with parents and carers means you can offer the best possible support for EAL children new to your school. We support you to set up, and conduct, a comprehensive induction programme and build capacity within your team. Induction enables newly arrived children and young people to access appropriate teaching and learning and to access the curriculum. Our inclusion specialist will plan a bespoke programme with you, linked to the curriculum, and evaluate progress and suggest next steps.
FLAs need to be completed in the child's home language to identify strengths and areas for development for guiding teaching and learning for all EAL children and international new arrivals. They include information-gathering from parents or carers, from the adults involved with a child and from any other data available. We can help you arrange bilingual support and the assessment is carried out by a specialist teacher; it is age-appropriate and tailored to the individual. An FLA provides clear identification of high ability pupils (HAPs), children with difficulties in language proficiency or cognitive ability. Suitable for any age child or young person.
Developing cognitive and academic language proficiency (CALP) is and essential part of any school's EAL provision as it supports children to reach their true potential. Support in this area includes inference training, vocabulary support, and grammar development.
Our specialist teachers work alongside you to develop your school's proficiency to identify the needs of EAL pupils, plan effective provision and build whole-school capacity to gain positive outcomes for this group of learners. Support includes, assessment and identification, provision mapping and action planning, identification of resources, learning walks, and whole-school training.
Isobel Roberts, EAL Manager St Luke’s CofE Primary School
Fantastic, very well organised, really committed to the development of language, supported the school and liaised with parents.