Berkeley Primary School EAL Practice
At Berkeley Primary School we have a long established commitment to and expertise in supporting EAL learners and their families. Last year we launched our exciting Language Buddy initiative in Key Stages 1 and 2; children have volunteered to be Language Buddies, their role is to support children who share their languages. The Buddies have already proved very valuable in helping to reassure and support children new to our school; the Buddies are proud of their language skills and these skills are valued and recognised by other children and adults in our school.
We have a specialist team of teachers and teaching assistants who provide targeted support to EAL learners; some of the colleagues in this team (and other teachers on our staff) share first languages with our children and their families. Our EAL Support Team consists of a Lead Teacher, who has an English degree and is a former literacy subject leader at Berkeley, a further teacher who speaks a range of Eastern European languages and three specialist teaching assistants, two of whom share languages with our EAL pupils.
Meet the language buddies............................
If you would like to find out more, please come and see us. We are very proud that there are currently seventeen different languages spoken in our school!
These are our aims for EAL:
- To promote equality of opportunity for all learners for whom English is an additional language.
- To deliver a broad, balanced curriculum which reflects the needs of children for whom English is an additional language.
- To ensure that EAL pupils reach their full potential.
- To promote academic achievement by grouping EAL pupils according to cognitive level rather than English language level.
- To promote and encourage the development of the children’s first languages in order to facilitate concept development in tandem with their acquisition of English.
- To provide pupils with access to resources which are age appropriate, at an appropriate language level, and are linguistically and culturally appropriate.
- To use key visuals and other strategies to support children’s access to the curriculum.
- To ensure that language and literacy are taught within the context of all subjects.
- To ensure that learners not yet fluent in spoken English or the language of the curriculum are entitled to receive planned support for their oracy and literacy skills.
- To actively liaise with parents to help them to support their children’s learning.
- To facilitate parents’ access to school life by providing a translation facility on the app through which school information is published.
- To ensure that EAL pupils are assessed in their first language where possible and where appropriate.
- To seek first language assessment to ensure the accurate identification of SEN.
- To monitor the results of statutory tests by language and ethnic group and set targets to address any underachievement identified.
- To provide all staff with high-quality professional development to develop their knowledge of EAL pedagogy and their skills for teaching EAL learners.
- To celebrate multilingual skills and promote linguistic diversity with all pupils.