EAL refers to a child initially exposed to a language other than English during early development and continues to use the language regularly in the home or in the community.
At Primrose Hill we have an increasing number of EAL children, many of whom are newly arrived. They come from a range of backgrounds and will have varied educational backgrounds. Some pupils will have had little or no education, whereas others will have experienced a full but possibly different education system.
According to OFSTED guidance (April 2013), all schools:
"should monitor the attainment and progress of pupils who may be at the earliest stages of learning English. For example the school may be using the step descriptors from 'A Language in Common' assessing English as an additional language (QCA,2000/584). Although it is not statutory it was strongly recommended by the former DCSF."
Schools should also make sure that:
- Specialist English as an additional language support should be available for new arrivals from qualified teachers or teaching assistants who have received appropriate training and support.
- More advanced learners of English should have continuing support in line with their varying needs as they develop competencies over time.
At Primrose Hill we have a teachers designated to tracking, supporting and inducting EAL children. This role is in it's infancy and will continue to develop over the year.
School have a good link with EMTAS service for translation services for parent meetings and assessments and continued support for our ESLE children.