Here, at Broomwood Primary School, we have a high percentage of children who have English as an additional language. We are aware that our catchment of children is changing, and we must cater to this. It is for this reason that children with EAL are becoming a priority in our school and as such, we have created a graduated approach and whole school provision for these learners. These approaches cater for all children, regardless of their need.
Our core values of Welcoming, Nurturing, Respect, Commitment and Togetherness are at the heart of everything we do.
As a school we aim to:
● Welcome the cultural, linguistic and educational experiences of learners with EAL contribute to the school
● Provide a safe, welcoming and nurturing environment for newly arrived learners with EAL where they are accepted, valued and inspired
● Raise learner achievement and aspirations for those with EAL
● Enable our learners with EAL to become confident, and to acquire the language skills needed to reach their full academic potential.
● To liaise with parents/carers, working in partnership to facilitate progress
● Ensure all children’s languages, cultures and identities are represented in classrooms and throughout the school
● Ensure equal access to the National Curriculum and the achievement of their educational potential.
● Be proactive in removing barriers that stand in the way of our EAL pupils’ learning and success. As an inclusion School, we understand that a limited knowledge of English does not reflect a lack of ability, intelligence or knowledge but it can heighten anxiety and affect a learner’s belonging and contribution to their community.
See below for additional information on provision for all our learners across the school.
If Special Education Needs are identified, EAL earners will have equal access to the School’s SEN provision.
See below information on provision for all EAL learners who require additional support.
Providing a welcoming and supportive induction into the school by:
• Seeking information from parents and new pupils about cultural background, previous educational experience and achievements, special interests, and skills, dietary, faith and dress requirements.
• Conducting a tour of school and explaining how it is organised .Talking through rights and responsibilities for parents and pupils (home work, uniform, lunchtime arrangements, start & end of school day, etc). We aim to answer any questions parents and children may have.
• Negotiating an induction programme to suit the new child’s needs.
• Ensuring that host classes are prepared to welcome their new classmates
- Ensuring that all staff are aware of the pupils new to English and what they can do to support their welcome into our school.
• Being prepared to address any difficulties that may emerge during the induction period. A new starter pack will be given to the parent/carers with literature where necessary will be in their home language.
- Intervention and personalised work is planned by the teaching staff to ensure that children are given the necessary tools to progress with their learning.
- Pre-teach vocabulary for all subject areas.
- Knowledge organisers for each subject
- EAL intervention for children that are below expected (Mrs Brown Lead EAL TA)
- EAL intervention for children that are extremely below expected (1:1 with Sarah Christie, EAL teacher)
- Word books have been introduced to children who require them.
- Graduated approach is followed where a child requires additional support.
All children in our school, including those with English as an Additional Language, follow the requirements of the National Curriculum. Wherever possible, after Induction or specialist assessments, we do not withdraw pupils from lessons to receive EAL support as learning needs are best met alongside their peer group. EAL team support is focused on enabling the class teacher to assess, plan and provide appropriate learning activities to help pupils access the curriculum and to develop English language skills.
We will use a variety of ways to assess the knowledge, understanding and skills learnt by the pupils in all areas of the curriculum.
Providing advice and the use of EAL strategies used by class teachers will help to show even further, the learning and progress made by the EAL pupils in our school. Training teachers and new members of support staff are also advised and supported with developing their EAL strategies and to be confident in delivering quality first teaching.
We are determined to create an inclusive culture of learning where all children will be challenged in their thinking, to achieve to the best of their abilities and strive to become life-long learner