What is EAL?
EAL stands for ‘English as an Additional Language’.
Who qualifies as EAL?
The DfE defines EAL as anyone exposed to a language other than English during early childhood and continues to be exposed to this language in the home or local community.
This includes new arrivals from abroad with little or no English, children and young people in the IK for a limited period of time and those born in the UK and speak English most of the time at home and school, but may speak another language to extended family members.
EAL at St Chad’s
There are currently 26 EAL pupils in school, ranging from Nursery to Year 6.
Initial assessments were carried out to assess pupils’ “Proficiency in English”, either on their start date or the beginning of the academic year, in accordance with the new levels needed for the October and January census.
Any child in school who’s first home language was not English now classes as EAL; this has led to an increase in the number of EAL children on roll this year, as well as new arrivals.
Proficiency in English level descriptors
A – new to English
B – Early acquisition
C – Developing competence
D – Competent
E – Fluent
Pupils in year groups 1-6 were assessed by Miss Keitch on their Reading, Writing, Spoken English and comprehension using the best-fit guidelines provided by the government. EYFS children were gauged using teacher assessment.
10% of children on roll at St Chad’s are now classed as EAL (26/259); 11 girls and 15 boys.
All children at St Chad’s are assessed against age related expectations in Reading, Writing, Maths, Science and Spoken English, as well as other non-core subjects. EAL children are still assessed by their teachers; however the focus may concentrate on progress rather than attainment for those with a proficiency level of C or below.
During the Spring half term we supported a weekly parent workshop to help adults with children at St Chad’s with their own acquisition of English. If this is something you would be interested in the future, please contact Miss Keitch for further details.