English as an Additional Language

English as an Additional Language

English as an Additional Language (EAL) refers to students whose primary language at home isn't English. In the UK, there are over one million EAL learners, constituting a significant portion of the student body. At our school, 26% of children have English as an Additional Language, while 36% are from minority ethnic backgrounds.

At Stratford Primary, we are committed to providing comprehensive support for English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners to ensure every child achieves their full potential.

 What we do in school:

  1. Assessment and Monitoring: We assess each EAL learner's language proficiency and monitor their progress regularly to provide targeted support using Assess, Plan, Do, Review.
  2. Language Support: Our dedicated teaching team provides language support within the classroom, including bilingual teaching assistants and student support. We currently have several teaching assistants who can speak Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, French, Spanish and Italian. We also have students who can support Polish and Ukrainian speaking students.
  3. Visual Aids and Modified Instruction: We use visual aids and modify instructional materials to suit the language proficiency level of EAL learners, making learning more accessible. We provide Quality FIrst Teaching and adapt our lessons to meet the needs of our learners.
  4. Language-rich Environment: Our classrooms are enriched with print-rich materials and language displays to immerse EAL learners in English language exposure.
  5. Small Group Instruction: We offer small group instruction to provide personalised support and focused language development activities.
  6. Cultural Inclusivity: Our curriculum incorporates diverse cultural perspectives and experiences to validate the cultural identity of EAL learners.
  7. Parent Engagement: We encourage parents to get involved in their child's education and provide resources for English language support at home. We also offer free English and Maths functional skills courses to parents to develop their understanding of the English spoken language.

Support for Parents:

  1. Translation Services: Communications are translated through e-schools and Tapestry into multiple languages to ensure all parents can access information. Parents need to select their chosen language when signing up to the platform.
  2. English Language Courses: Parents who wish to improve their English proficiency can access online English language courses.
  3. Cultural Awareness Events: We host cultural awareness events and celebrations to foster understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures.
  4. Parent Liaison: Our parent liaison provides support and assistance to parents with language barriers, serving as a point of contact for questions and concerns.
  5. Parent Workshops: We offer workshops to explain the educational system, curriculum, and academic expectations, helping parents navigate the school system effectively.
Useful Websites:
  1. The Bell Foundation: Provides resources and research to support EAL learners and their families.
  2. British Council: Learn English: Offers free English language learning resources for learners of all levels.
  3. BBC Bitesize: Provides educational resources and activities across various subjects, including English language learning.
  4. Colorín Colorado: Offers resources and articles to support EAL learners and their families with English language acquisition.
  5. Duolingo: Offers learning and reading reosurces in different languages.
  6. Family Information Services: Offers support to families, housing, childcare, money advice, mental health and Specail Educational needs.
  7. Google Translate: Translates documents, words or phrases into any chosen language. 
  8. Aim Group: Offers FREE course in English and Maths.These courses use practical examples to help you learn and gain a qualification.
  9. The Bell Foundation: Offers learing resources in different languages and support for EAL families. 

 The information above is available in different languages below...

Parent Tips for Supporting Children at Home:

Did you know?

Being involved in your child’s education is crucial for helping them reach their full potential, and you don’t need to speak English or be a teacher to support them effectively. Here are some practical tips to help you:

  1. Understand the Curriculum: Familiarise yourself with the school’s curriculum so you know what your child will be learning each year. You can find this information online -click on the curriculum tab and select your child’s year group.
  2. Learn About Assessment: Understand how your child’s progress is assessed in school. Talk to their teacher about the targets they're working towards, especially in English, Mathematics, and Science.
  3. Show Interest: Show interest in your child's learning by discussing their subjects, knowing their timetable, and talking to them regularly about what they've been learning.
  4. Provide a Quiet Homework Space: Create a quiet space at home for your child to do homework, even if it's just the kitchen table for a couple of hours.
  5. Assist with Homework: Help your child with their homework by discussing it together in your native language. If needed, ask the teacher for advice or look into homework clubs for additional support.
  6. Utilise English TV and Internet: Encourage your child to watch English TV shows and explore educational websites to improve their English and learn about English culture.
  7. Plan Educational Outings: Take family trips to museums, historical sites, and galleries related to school topics to make learning more engaging.
  8. Join After School Clubs: Encourage your child to join clubs to make friends, practice English, and immerse themselves in English culture.
  9. Provide School Supplies: Keep a handy box of school supplies and consider getting a bilingual dictionary to support your child's learning.
  10. Incorporate Mathematics: Help your child apply mathematical concepts in daily life, like calculating bills or dividing a pizza.
  11. Promote Home Language: Encourage speaking, reading, and writing in your home language, as research shows it benefits English learning.
  12. Maintain Good Attendance: Ensure your child attends school regularly and arrives on time, as consistent attendance is crucial for their progress.
  13. Stay Connected with the School: Keep in touch with your child's teacher for support and advice and consider joining parent groups or volunteering at the school.
  14. Get Involved: Participate in school activities and events to engage with the wider school community and support your child's education.
  15. Praise Efforts: Acknowledge your child's efforts and achievements often, especially if they're adjusting to a new country or language. Positive reinforcement motivates them to succeed.

Parent-Teacher Meetings:

Prepare for parent-teacher meetings by discussing your child's progress together and making a list of questions. During the meeting, ensure clear communication by seeking language support if needed and asking for clarification when necessary. Don't hesitate to ask questions or request further explanation, as your involvement is vital for your child's success.

This factsheet was collaboratively produced by The Family Information Service (FIS) and The Ethnic Minority Achievement Service and is available in other languages below.