Here at Fairstead Community Primary and Nursery School we are proud to welcome families from a wealth of different cultures and backgrounds and we greatly value the rich diversity of our school community. We have pupils from all around the world and over 15 languages spoken and as such support for EAL is a big part of our school.
Assessment, Monitoring and Provision
During their time at our school, our EAL (English as an Additional Language) children are closely monitored for their progress in the curriculum and their acquisition of English.
We use information from the EAL Hub assessment to help place pupils in correct stages within the Solihull EALTracker to monitor each pupil’s individual progress. This information subsequently informs the EAL support that we put in place for each child.
We provide support in each class for our EAL pupils at the level they can access, this includes using visuals, translated materials and intervention support to boost vocabulary and communication as required.
We use a variety of translated resources across school to support our pupils, including bilingual books and multi- language dictionaries. The resources are used across the school, from Nursery, right up to our Year 6 pupils.
EAL Young Interpreters
Whenever we have a newly arrived pupils, they are buddied up with a classmate in order that they settle into school life and feel welcomed at our school. Pupils will be provided with a ‘Welcome pack’ with resources and are given a photo tour of the school by their buddy, where they will then be able to use the photos to refer to if needed.
Parent English Courses
We are able to offer our parents English lessons run through the Hanseatic group which are designed to help parents to learn the basics of the English language and to also to enhance their English skills depending on their level of fluency.
If you require any further information on EAL, please contact Mrs Rix our EAL lead TA.