A good proportion of the of the children who arrive with little knowledge of English come with their families to work at the local Jaguar Land Rover factory. This can affect mobility levels at the school as some of those families may leave the area after a two-year placement.
The staff at the school go out of their way to provide a warm welcome. There are clear procedures for admitting newcomers and helping them settle in. After a tour of the school and an official interview, pupils go home with an ‘About Me’ pack while their classmates prepare to welcome the new pupil on their first day at school. Teachers are well supported in this by their team of bilingual volunteers, who help parents discover all that the school has to offer. Sadly, due to Covid-19 restrictions, parent meetings now happen infrequently.
The EAL Quality Mark is based on a school’s self-evaluation of its EAL provision. It is an award made to schools on their achievements in meeting the needs of pupils learning English as an additional language.
It is available as a bronze, silver or gold award, allowing schools the opportunity to re-visit the award and build on their practice over time. Any school with pupils on roll who are learning English as an additional language is eligible to apply.