EAL - English as an Additional Language

How we support EAL learners in KS3

Students identified from the initial EAL assessment.

Students at the early stages are:

  • Withdrawn from normal lessons for extra English lessons.
  • Students return to normal lessons after a term of these lessons.

  • In-class support by specialist EAL teachers and LSAs

How we support EAL Learners in KS4

Students take ESOL as an option.

  • Opportunity to gain Entry Levels 1, 2, & 3

  • Tested on the four skills: 

    1. Reading
    2. Writing
    3. Speaking
    4. Listening

How we assess - when they enter school


  • Cognitive Abilities Tests (CATs - Verbal / Non-verbal and Quantitative)

  • Initial EAL Assessment

    In class

  • Written work

  • Verbal responses

  • Tests (end of unit – English, Science and Maths etc.)

  • Practical skills and abilities (in Science, Technology,  Art, drama, Music , PE etc.)

Some ways to provide support at home

  • Bilingual dictionaries

  • Bilingual books

  • Ask your child to explain what they learnt at school today.

  • Check they understand homework.

  • Ensure they spend sufficient time on homework (30 min per subject, so 1-1 ½ hours every night).

  • Reading aloud to you in English.

  • Encourage them to play EAL games (see hand out for suggested websites)

  • Allowing them to watch English TV programmes and films