English language support

Our team of skilled and experienced advisory teachers, work with local schools to raise the attainment of EAL (English as an Additional Language) students. These students could be:

  • New to English 
  • More advanced bilingual learners
  • Refugees and asylum seekers

Their job is to enable pupils to access the curriculum in English.

The team offers a variety of advisory support options to schools and a regular programme of central and school-based training. Support and training can be tailored to meet the individual needs of the school.

Do schools have to admit children with English as a second language?

Schools must admit EAL (English as an Additional Language) pupils if they have a vacancy in the pupil’s year group.

How do children with English as a second language get into schools?

Schools will follow the normal admissions procedures for an EAL (English as an Additional Language) pupil.

What age group does the team work with?

The team works with pupils of statutory school age, ie between 5-16 years-old. Advice and guidance for staff in Early Years settings, who work with children between 0-4 years-old, is available from our Early Years Service.

Will the support teachers speak the pupil’s first language?

They don't usually and support is given in English, although several of the staff are bilingual.

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