Here at St. Nicholas we are proud to welcome families from a wealth of different cultures and backgrounds and we greatly value the rich diversity of our school community. We have pupils from all around the world and over 20 languages spoken and as such support for EAL is a big part of our school.
School Of Sanctuary
We are proud to be a School of Sanctuary, This scheme encourages schools to create as welcoming an environment as possible to all of our families, especially those who may be seeking asylum or have refugee status. We believe that our involvement in this scheme enhances our ability to provide the best possible support to the children and families in our care. Please click on the School of Sanctuary Link above for more information.
Assessment, Monitoring and Provision
During their time at our school, our EAL (English as an Additional Language) pupils are closely monitored for their progress in the curriculum and their acquisition of English.
We use information from the NASSEA assessment form to track each pupil’s individual progress. This information subsequently informs the EAL support that we put in place for each child.
We provide support in each class for our EAL pupils at the level they can access, this includes using visuals, translated materials and intervention support to boost vocabulary and communication as required.
We use a variety of translated resources across school to support our pupils, including bilingual books, multi- language dictionaries and PENpals talking pens which translate books and other resources into numerous different languages. The resources are used across the school, from Bluebirds, right up to our Year 6 pupils.
Whenever we have a newly arrived pupil they are buddied up with a classmate in order that they settle into school life and feel welcomed in St Nicholas. EMTAS (Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service) provide buddy training which supports and encourages our pupils to become ‘buddies’ to those children who are new to the school, our pupils love to welcome others and take their role very seriously.
Language of the Month
Each month we celebrate and learn about a different language. We warmly welcome any involvement from parents and families and encourage them to get involved, however big or small the contribution.Please click on the Language of the Month Link above for more information.
Parent Learning Course
In order to help our newly arrived families settle into life in the UK, We are pleased to be able to offer parents a learning course run by EMTAS. This is a six week programme with lots of vital information and links to sources of support and help as well as helping parents to understand the English school system. Please contact the school office or Mrs Baines for further information
Parent English Courses
We are able to offer our parents English lessons run through EMTAS which are designed to help parents to learn the basics of the English language and to also to enhance their English skills depending on their level of fluency.
We receive regular support from EMTAS and we ensure that any new staff member joining St Nicholas is provided with EAL training in order that they are fully equipped to support our EAL pupils in the best possible ways.
We love to recognise the rich diversity of language, culture and religion in our school and we have various activities across the school year, which promote and enable our pupils to share their culture in school; we have multicultural weeks, art activities, workshops and other events which allow our community to get together and celebrate. Please click on the Multicultural Learning Link above for more information.
If you require any further information on EAL, please contact Mrs Baines our EAL Coordinator.