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English as an Additional Language (EAL) Definitions


pupil’s first language is defined as any language other than English that a child was exposed to during early development and continues to be exposed to in the home or community. (The Department of Education)


English as an additional language (EAL) refers to learners whose first language is not English. (Ofsted)


At Chilvers Coton the support of pupils learning English as Additional Language (EAL) is a strength of our school. We work hard to ensure that everyone is included, challenged and supported on their journey to success. We recognise and value their home language and take a whole school approach in celebrating the many diverse linguistic, cultural and educational backgrounds that EAL pupils come from. We are committed to providing provision for EAL learners and ensure all staff work collaboratively to raise their educational achievement.


We actively encourage parent partnership to support the progress and attainment of our pupils learning EAL for all subjects. Our bilingual staff are able to help ensure that parents of children learning EAL are well informed and included in our school community.


Pupils who are new arrivals to the UK are assessed upon entry and everything is done to ensure they settle in well.

Children at the early stages of learning EAL are given support in the classroom, in small groups and in 1-1 sessions as necessary. 

Celebrating the diversity of our school