Raising Bilingual Children – Document on Raising Bilingual Children produced by the University of Reading
Parent’s Role – Ideas to develop Language – St Norbert’s Academy is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment.
Mrs Withers is responsible for Inclusion at school alongside our dedicated EAL Teaching Assistant Mrs Szczygiel. We are responsible for the operation of the EAL Policy and co-ordination of specific targeted provision made to support individual children who are identified as having English as an additional language. We liaise with staff to monitor the pupil’s progress and plan further intervention and challenge where progress is slower than expected. We ensure early EAL Baselines are conducted so provision meets the needs of all especially those children new to the country. We also annually assess EAL proficiency scales to aid staff in providing the best possible support to promote progress.
Information about the school’s EAL provision (Article 30)
At St. Norbert’s we recognise that a child has English as an additional language if:
- S/he has speaks a language at home other than English for the majority of time;
- If they have been living in England for less than 2 years and have come from a country where English is not a native language.
The government’s definition of an EAL learner includes anyone who has been exposed to a language other than English during early childhood “and continues to be exposed to this language in the home or the community”. Many EAL learners are UK-born.