English as an Additional Language
The EAL department believes that students’ acquisition of English is best achieved in mainstream classrooms where EAL students are actively engaged and supported by all school staff, and have access to good models of English from their peers. We acknowledge that, for many EAL students, the only barrier to learning is English and that many students are Able Bilingual Learners who can achieve at least as well as their monolingual peers. We promote and celebrate bilingualism. We consider the acquisition of English as a necessity for success in the curriculum and the development of students’ English skills as the responsibility of every member of staff. The department comprises EAL teachers, Student Support Workers and bilingual EAL Teaching Assistants. The EAL Department at Leeds City Academy supports pupils of all abilities with English as an Additional Language. We aim to work with these pupils in the following ways:
- Special EAL English groups for New To English pupils. EAL English groups aim to develop the basic skills in English of listening, speaking, reading and writing to enable students to move to mainstream English classes as quickly as possible AND to support the students’ use of English in other areas of the curriculum.
- A week long EAL Induction for New To English students.
- Providing additional options for New To English and late arriving students in Years 10 and 11.
- 4. Offering GCSE exams and exam support in available Heritage Languages to pupils in Years 10 and 11.
- 5. Developing resources and strategies to support pupils in mainstream classes and their teachers and support staff.
- 6. Supporting Progress Leaders to provide high quality admission and induction.
- 7. Working with the Pastoral team to provide pastoral support.
- 8. Sharing information with school colleagues about students’ prior and current education, experiences and needs, including raising awareness about students’ culture and background.
- 9. Working closely with Parent / Carers to facilitate their involvement in their child's school experience.
- 10. Facilitating individual access to and attendance at school, alongside school staff.
- 11. Liaising with other groups such as Social Services, Education transport / benefits, the GRTAS, community groups to support pupils and families.
- 12. Working alongside careers and alternative provision providers to access appropriate courses and work placements for pupils.
- 13. Providing training for school staff about the needs of EAL / overseas students and strategies to meet those needs.
- 14. Running after school ‘New to English’ and computer and homework clubs for target students.
Schemes of Work
|Ms B Mitchell||Leader of EAL|
|Mrs R Acs-Bali||Assistant Lead of EAL|
|Mrs S Rawlinson||Teacher of EAL|
|Ms I Patrut||Teacher of EAL|
|Ms I Ungvari||Teacher of EAL|
|Mr A Hussain||EAL Support Worker|
|Mr J Rees||EAL Support Worker|
For further information on the curriculum offered please contact the Academy F.A.O Beth Mitchell (Subject Leader for EAL).