Provision for learning is best expressed in terms of ‘learning support’ – an umbrella term indicating the provision of a variety of types and levels of need, including SEND, EAL and higher achieving pupils. This provision encompasses curriculum planning, support for individual pupils or groups of pupils within the classroom in terms of differentiation support for those responsible for teaching these pupils and supplementary provision. EAL pupil will be provided with opportunities to make good progress. Classroom teachers have a responsibility for ensuring that pupils can participate in lessons and will have awareness of good practice in providing for EAL pupils within the classroom setting. Our school aims to assess the needs of EAL pupils within the classroom setting. However there may be times when it is appropriate for children to be withdrawn from lessons to receive focussed support – parents will be kept informed of all support given by the school and EMAS Team.
Monitoring and recording
It is the responsibility of the class teacher (with the support of the EAL Coordinator) to maintain up to date records of EAL pupils in their class whilst they are in their care. The EAL Coordinator collates the information regarding EAL pupils and ensures a baseline is produced for each child using the NASSEA steps. A register of EAL pupils is maintained centrally by the school and monitored by the EAL Coordinator. Class teachers update the records each term.
SEND and Differentiation
EAL pupils are not children with SEND and our school recognises that most EAL children needing support with their English do not have SEND needs but have skills and knowledge about language similar to monolingual English speaking children. Their ability to participate in the full curriculum may be in advance of their communicative skills in English. Some EAL pupils may have SEND and in such cases pupils will have equal access to our school SEND provision, in addition to EAL support. EAL pupils with a Special Educational Need or Disability will be identified as part of normal assessment procedures as outlined in our SEND Policy.
Parents/carers and teachers will work together in the best interests of pupils with EAL. Teachers will meet with parents on a termly basis to inform them of progress made and discuss strategies to support the children.