The Zaytouna Vision for EAL
We consider a child’s home language to be a core element of their cultural identity and we want to celebrate the range of languages spoken in the school as well as encourage continuing development in children’s home languages alongside their acquisition of the English language. We aim to support children with English as an additional language (EAL) to make rapid progress in their English language development through a focus on the teaching of core vocabulary in each subject, so that they can access learning in all areas of the curriculum. We are committed to ensuring that accurate assessment ensures that pupils are provided with learning tasks that meet both their cognitive and English language needs. We have an inclusive approach to learning, and prioritise Quality First Teaching as the most effective way to enable EAL pupils to make the necessary progress required to diminish attainment differences with non-EAL pupils. Additional interventions will only be used in cases where it is determined that a child requires additional, not alternative, support to help them make the expected progress.