Pupils with English as a Second Language (EAL)
The EAL department aims to support and guide EAL/newcomer pupils in order to ensure their full inclusion and participation in school life. Opportunities are created to develop the pupils’ English language skills, promote sharing pupils’ home culture and reward their learning.
Two members of staff work in the EAL department. The EAL Co-ordinator Mrs McKillion who is a member of the teaching staff and is a native Polish speaker and the EAL classroom assistant, Mrs Kelpsaite, a native Lithuanian speaker. In addition to the focused support that newcomer children receive from the EAL department all departments liaise with the SELB’s Inclusion and Diversity Service for advice and curriculum support.
The EAL department supports pupils in many ways including:
offering ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes
supporting curricular work in the classroom through classroom assistance and working with subject teachers
providing opportunities for newcomer pupils to express their own culture by active participation in school events
offering classes and exams to pupils in their native language where possible
providing early morning and afternoon homework clubs
running an EAL club where pupils can seek guidance and support in an informal environment
meeting with parents to discuss academic and pastoral issues
Inclusion of all nationalities and cultures is central. All pupils are encouraged to share their background and experiences through various school events. We value the international dimension of our pupil body and it is our experience that all pupils benefit from working together in a friendly, supportive environment.
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