Pupils learning English as an additional language (EAL) share many common characteristics with pupils whose first language is English. Many of their learning needs are similar to those of other children and young people learning in our schools. However, these pupils also have distinct and different needs from other pupils by virtue of the fact that they are learning in and through an additional language, whilst also learning that language. In addition, they come from cultural backgrounds and communities with different understandings and expectations of education, language and learning.
At Harrow High School we enable and support our EAL learners in accessing learning by developing their receptive and productive English language skills. We offer various interventions and option subjects that are delivered by EAL specialists. All interventions and option subjects are planned according to learners’ individual, educational needs, time spent in the United Kingdom and previous exposure to English language.
Basic Literacy Course – Y7-Y9
Induction Course – Y7 – Y9
Writing Booster – Y9
In order to attend EAL interventions, learners are withdrawn from some of their mainstream lessons but only for specific purpose and specific period of time.
Teaching is mainly focused on developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. In addition, learners will learn key aspects of mainstream subjects, and develop vocabulary.
Assessment is frequent and regular to ensure that learners who meet their targets and achieve expected levels in writing, can return to their mainstream lessons.
EAL Option Subjects
ESOL Skills for Life – Y9 – Y11
Occupational Skills for Work – Y9-Y11
IGCSE as a Second Language – Y11
EAL Option Subjects are accredited, non GCSE courses. These qualifications provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise achievement of our EAL learners whose language prevents them from achieving at GCSE, as well as, they test the functional language skills learners will need for life in the UK at school or college and beyond.
Learners will develop basic literacy and English language skills that they need to function more fully at school, in everyday life, their local community and at work in the future. Learners can fulfil their potential to become better qualified to use English effectively.
All assessment is internal and it is scheduled for each group of learners to ensure they have the maximum opportunity for success.