- Very high levels of mobility
- Above national average attainment
- Progress scores that are well above national average
- High expectations of pupils and their families
- The school runs a one day course every term to share its excellent EAL practice
Why pre-teaching and overlearning are preferred to intervention packages
Kasha Blake, Headteacher
A small three bedroom house in Sirdar Street in Ipswich costs around £130,000, which is way beyond the means of most of the residents. A family arriving from Eastern Europe in search of work might find somewhere to rent if they share the house with another family or maybe two other families. As they settle down, they move on to better accommodation. That means the local school, Handford Hall Primary, has very high levels of mobility, very busy parents, children from overcrowded homes and an ever-changing demographic. It also has above national average attainment and progress scores that are well above national average. Officially, Handford Hall has the 52nd best reading progress score for EAL pupils in the country. However, only five of the schools above it had more EAL pupils and none had the large Roma population (24% of the school roll) that Handford Hall has. So let’s say it’s in the top five.
The school is outward looking, not just to its partners in the Orwell Multi-Academy Trust and nearby Ipswich schools. It runs a one day course every term to share its EAL practice. In the afternoon you learn how the school meets EAL needs and the whole morning is given over to seeing in classrooms how they do it. Don’t miss it.
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.