What does EAL mean?
EAL stands for English as an Additional Language, this is a term used for any bilingual or multilingual child.
Pupils learning EAL will include:
- New arrivals with little or no previous educational experience
- Pupils who are acquiring English with limited exposure to formal education in their first language
- More advanced bilingual learners including pupils with a number of years’ exposure to English whose specific language learning needs have been overlooked
- Pupils who arrive from overseas with good educational backgrounds but who have varying levels of proficiency in English, and who need to catch-up quickly.
We are here to support you in this new experience of leaving and educating your children in the UK by:
- Providing Guided Tours of the school, clarifying the English education system and how everything works in everyday school life.
- We have free workshops for parents in literacy and maths in order to introduce you to the schools learning policies and teaching methods.
We offer support for both you and your child with extra help in learning:
- Weekly English classes for parents, every Tuesday 2pm-3pm - BBC Learning Circles English Program
- Advice about any courses available in your local area
- Language interventions (for example Guided Reading, Talking Partners, Talk 4 Writing).
- Community coffee mornings for EAL and Pupil Premium parents, every Tuesday in the main hall 8.45-9.45am. We use these coffee mornings as a platform for the parents to meet other international parents, with similar experiences of moving into a foreign country, and also to establish any needs parents may have, for example housing advice, letter translation, support with filling application forms, organising interpreters for parents' evenings and supporting parents with their children's learning.
We are strong multicultural community and we are celebrating our diversity by organising events such as:
- An International Week & Food Sale
- St. Paul's Carnival
- Summer Fair