English as an additional language (EAL) is a term used by the Department for Education (DfE) when referring to a pupil whose first language is other than English; the first language being the language to which the child was exposed to in early development. Children who fit within this definition may also continue to use a language other than English at home or in their community.
While EAL pupils share many common characteristics with their native English colleagues their learning experience differs due to the fact that they are learning in and through another language. In fact, as stated by the British Council, almost all EAL learners who begin primary school as an EAL learner will continue to be such throughout their education and adult life.
Lowerplace has it’s very own EAL Hub run by Mrs Hanes our EAL Lead, supported by Mrs Yamin and Mrs Ahmad. The purpose of the EAL hub is to provide bespoke support for our EAL children by teaching them in a nurturing practical way. We then provide a supported transition into the mainstream classroom. The EAL Hub is also a place for Teachers and Support Staff to discuss and share ideas on how to best support EAL learners.