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My child has English as an Additional Language


English as an additional language (EAL) refers to learners whose first language is not English. It can include the following: 

  • Pupils arriving from other countries and whose first language is not English 
  • Pupils who have lived in the UK for a long time and may appear to be fluent, but who also speak another language at home. These pupils are often not entirely fluent in terms of their literacy levels. 
  • Pupils who have been born in the UK, but for whom the home language is not English (e.g. Bengali children who are born in the UK, but arrive at school with very little English due to having spoken only Bengali at home and within the community) 
  • Pupils who have a parent who speaks a language other than English and the child communicates in that language (ie. bilingual children)


What can Elm Park offer?

  • Baseline Assessment on arrival to ensure correct level of support
  • Speech and Language interventions to support learning
  • Multilingual reading books and dictionaries available
  • The use of Google Translate
  • Young Interpreters Programme for both pupils and parents
  • The use of LgfL to support pupils in all languages
  • Buddy system to encourage the use of English throughout the day
  • Labels and signs in a range of languages to support EAL learners
  • LSA support in class when necessary
  • Small group work
  • 1:1 Pupil Conferencing with Class Teacher