What support do we provide?
EAL pupils are welcomed in to the rich diverse culture of Oakway Academy. When they join the school they are allocated a peer buddy, they are seated with good language role models and introduced to other children who speak their home language. All children access small group or one to one interventions to teach key vocabulary. Children are assessed using our own assessment tool based on the Department for Education EAL Census. At Oakway academy we promote communication friendly classrooms using visual aids, translation tools and interactive resources to immerse the children in a rich language environment. Children with English as an Additional Language who enter Oakway in Reception classes are also assessed on a Chatterways communication and language programme by one of our Speech and Language teaching assistants. If their communication and language development in English is below age related expectations, they will join a small group intervention which is overseen regularly be our Independent Speech and Language Therapist.
How do children access the support?
All EAL pupils are assessed and individual needs are planned for. The assessment tool is reviewed termly to track children’s progress and ensure interventions are in place to support struggling learners. If a child requires additional support teacher refer to the EAL Lead by completing an Inclusion Referral Form.
Who do I contact?
Lisa Blackwood, Assistant SENCO and EAL lead.