Students who do not speak English as their first language can access additional support through our English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme up to, and including, Year 9. English levels are measured by using assessments that link to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference For Languages) so that we can best meet the needs of each student. The students are assessed in their speaking, listening, reading and writing proficiency in English and the scores determine the level of support needed.
From August 2018 the way we deliver the EAL programme is being enhanced. EAL students will be taught in mainstream classrooms and withdrawn for English lessons. As we offer a fully differentiated approach in all curriculum areas, our lessons are already designed to meet the needs of all learners, including EAL students. Our teachers are trained in how to adapt lessons to ensure all students are able to access the curriculum at the appropriate level. EAL teaching assistants also offer extra support within the classroom.
As we recognise that EAL learners will require additional English support, these students will be required to attend EAL intervention lessons taught by an EAL specialist. These lessons are timetabled to take place twice a day during Mandarin and English (approximately 1.5 hours per day). Where a student requires additional support they will also be withdrawn for Maths and IPC, allowing them to receive specialist support to enable them to access these areas of the curriculum. EAL support will continue until students have acquired a level of English that allows them to access the curriculum without additional support.
Students who participate in the EAL programme are assessed at regular, specific points throughout the year. When the agreed level of proficiency is reached in all four areas the student will exit the EAL programme but will then continuously be monitored and supported.