English as an Additional Language

Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, group their history, appreciate their poetry, or savour their songs.Nelson Mandela

At QCPS we believe that language learning is most successful for both EAL speakers and early bilingual learners when it is taught within the context of the mainstream curriculum. Class teachers work alongside the Head of Learning Support to plan inspiring tasks and activities to meet the child’s needs. Much of the support takes place within the classroom, but the variation of needs EAL pupils across the school occasionally necessitates the withdrawal of individual pupils or small groups for specific teaching activities with the learning support staff.

All EAL pupils at QCPS are entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum whatever their ability. We aim to fully include EAL pupils within their classes, as all pupils benefit from watching and listening to other children demonstrating and explaining the English language.

Support is given depending on each individual need and depends on the child’s level of competence in English. This support may be individual or small group work, and may take place once, twice or several times weekly. Both the class teacher and Learning Support department concentrate on providing fun opportunities for conversation and building the child’s confidence. A variety of literacy and ICT resources are used to increase vocabulary and improve communication skills. The aim is for the EAL child to feel that the support is available whilst they need it, but to encourage them to take a full part in school life, and become a confident and happy member of the school.

Miss F. Buchanan

Head of Learning Support