At Walthamstow Academy EAL students are able to reach their full potential and make as much progress as their more fluent peers. Every teacher at Walthamstow Academy is equipped to support EAL students, of all proficiency levels, in their lessons and where students are new to English provision is rapidly put in place to help them catch-up and keep-up with the curriculum.
At Walthamstow Academy all EAL learners are able to:
- Use English confidently
- Make outstanding progress
- Use English as a means to learn across the curriculum
- Where appropriate, make use of their knowledge of other languages
When a student’s arrives at Walthamstow Academy who is EAL they are assessed by the EAL Coordinator. The student is graded and a proficiency code delegated. The code will determine which pathway of provision and support they will receive.
Proficiency in English codes:
- New to English [Code ‘A’]: May use first language for learning and other purposes. May remain completely silent in the classroom. May be copying/repeating some words or phrases. May understand some everyday expressions in English but may have minimal or no literacy in English. Needs a considerable amount of EAL support.
- Early acquisition [Code ‘B’]: May follow day to day social communication in English and participate in learning activities with support. Beginning to use spoken English for social purposes. May understand simple instructions and can follow narrative/accounts with visual support. May have developed some skills in reading and writing. May have become familiar with some subject specific vocabulary. Still needs a significant amount of EAL support to access the curriculum.
- Developing competence [Code ‘C’]: May participate in learning activities with increasing independence. Able to express self orally in English, but structural inaccuracies are still apparent. Literacy will require ongoing support, particularly for understanding text and writing. May be able to follow abstract concepts and more complex written English. Requires ongoing EAL support to access the curriculum fully.
- Competent [Code ‘D’]: Oral English will be developing well, enabling successful engagement in activities across the curriculum. Can read and understand a wide variety of texts. Written English may lack complexity and contain occasional evidence of errors in structure. Needs some support to access subtle nuances of meaning, to refine English usage, and to develop abstract vocabulary. Needs some/occasional EAL support to access complex curriculum material and tasks.
- Fluent [Code ‘E’]: Can operate across the curriculum to a level of competence equivalent to that of a pupil who uses English as his/her first language. Operates without EAL support across the curriculum.
EAL support for students who are coded A-C
- Buddy provided who speaks the same language
- Translated materials
- Differentiated resources
- In-class support
- Lunch time and form time intervention who are code A
- Translator for parent meetings to ensure that home/school communication is supported
- Track and monitor progress to determine intervention need
Pastoral support is provided for students who are new to the country – this provides them with knowledge of the school system and British Values.