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                                      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.  In 2019 we launched our exciting Language Buddy initiative in Key Stages 1 and 2; many children have volunteered to be Language Buddies.  Their role is to support children who share their languages and children who are new to the school.  The Buddies have proved very valuable in helping to reassure and support new starters.  They are proud of their language skills and enjoy teaching their classmates about their language and heritage.  These skills are valued and recognised by their classmates and staff around the school.  


Children who are learning English receive targeted support to help with speaking, listening, reading and writing.  


Meet the language buddies:


Meet our KS1 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.


  1. To promote academic achievement by grouping EAL pupils according to cognitive level rather than English language level.
  2. 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.
  3. To provide pupils with access to resources which are age appropriate, at an appropriate language level, and are linguistically and culturally appropriate.
  4. To use key visuals and other strategies to support children’s access to the curriculum.
  5. To ensure that language and literacy are taught within the context of all subjects.
  6. 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.
  7. To actively liaise with parents to help them to support their children’s learning.
  8. To facilitate parents’ access to school life by providing a translation facility on the app through which school information is published.
  9. To ensure that EAL pupils are regularly assessed in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing to identify next steps.
  10. To monitor and analyse the results of statutory tests and set targets to address any underachievement identified.
  11. To provide all staff with high-quality professional development to develop their knowledge of EAL pedagogy and their skills for teaching EAL learners.
  12. To celebrate multilingual skills and promote linguistic diversity with all pupils.



Here is a link to many resources that may help with learning at home, including stories and games.  There are lovely stories in many languages and fun games to help learn English.