EAL: English as an Additional Language
Mrs A Woodhead – Subject Lead for EAL
Big Aims in EAL
The big aim of our EAL curriculum is to ensure that all pupils embrace inclusivity and diversity so that they lead safe, happy and fulfilling lives within school and in society. This is upheld with four values: equity, communication, community and diversity.
Equity is essential to ensuring and improving the accessibility of the curriculum for all our EAL students – it creates opportunities for all.
The EAL staff develop communication to
- build confidence, self-esteem, and proficiency in English
- promote and value bilingualism and multilingualism
- empower children to find their own voice so that they have the power over their own lives and in society.
By focussing on community, we can nurture a sense of identity and belonging to our school and the wider community; it allows us to build stronger, positive relationships with pupils and families within our school and local community.
Diversity is central to our work; we have over 42 languages spoken by staff and pupils at Falinge Park High School and we encourage those languages to be spoken and heard. We support the celebration of diversity by engaging in deep and meaningful conversations across school, by supporting different cultural events and by ensuring the well being of all.
Compelling Learning in EAL
An individualised approach is adopted when working with EAL pupils at Falinge Park. Pupils’ needs are diverse and therefore so is our teaching. This can include one-to-one sessions to build confidence, pre-teach vocabulary and focussed interventions for specific curriculum areas. We also support International New Arrivals who are at the early stages of their language journey by working through a programme of intervention which encompasses speaking, listening, reading and writing and works towards ensuring the pupils have the skills and confidence to thrive in lessons. Early stage EAL pupils also have the opportunity to complete the Ascentis ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) qualification ranging from Entry Level 1 to Level 2. The ESOL course can be selected as an option for suitable pupils to study in years 10 and 11.
EAL clubs are available at break time and lunch time where we encourage our EAL pupils to communicate with each other using one (or more) of the 43 languages that are spoken in school. They are able to play games, socialise, complete homework and seek support from the EAL staff members. We offer a wide range of opportunities within school as well as partnership agency work which has included working with Skylight Arts to develop confidence, focus and strength through circus skills, involvement with the international Walk with Amal project and completing the iheart programme in collaboration with Europia to encourage confidence and resilience for our EAL pupils.
Pupils are assessed upon entry to the course to determine which level of the ESOL course they should follow. These assessments are carried out by class teachers and encompass reading, writing, speaking & listening elements.
The pupils then follow a curriculum which invites them to develop their skills across a number of topics throughout the year. During each half term there is a focus on a skill area which then leads to the completion of an expert assessment. Using this as a guide, pupils are then scheduled to sit an ESOL assessment which feeds into the pupils’ end of year grade. Pupils have the opportunity to move up to the next level of qualification in Year 11 if all of the standards for their Year 10 qualification level are met.