The term EAL (English as an Additional Language) is used to refer to students whose main language at home is one other than English.
EAL students, from complete beginners to those with considerable fluency, will have varying degrees of difficulty in accessing the full curriculum and in achieving their full potential.
Research has shown that those new to English will acquire conversational fluency in two years, but will need a minimum of five years to achieve competence in academic English.
Such students will need language support if they are to reach their full potential. The provision of this support fulfils the requirements of the Race Relations Act of 1976 which seeks to promote Equality of Opportunity and to eliminate discrimination in the provision of education.
At West Exe School, we aim to ensure that we meet all the needs of those children who are learning English as an additional language.
EAL pupils are entitled to the full National Curriculum programs of study and all their teachers have a responsibility for teaching English as well as other subject content. Students are supported by a dedicated EAL team and are offered a package of support to meet their needs. They are also encouraged to take First Language GCSEs as soon as they are able.