ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE
At Catton Grove Primary School we are very proud of our diversity with approximately 30
languages being spoken in our school by about 200 pupils.
The EAL department aims to celebrate every child’s nationality and we do this in many ways.
Our EAL story cafes are designed for the children and their parents to enjoy a story in their mother tongue, a craft and some delicious homemade snacks.
Our end of term concerts
include songs and poems in other languages and we are proud of being one of the schools that created a multilingual project for the Young Norfolk Arts festival in 2019.
We also support our EAL parents any way we can. Currently we are offering guidance to
families who need to apply for EU Settled Status due to the new government requirements.
The Department of Education definition for EAL:
A 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.
If a child was exposed to more than one language (which may include English) during early development, a language other than English should be recorded, irrespective of the child’s proficiency in English.
The Ofsted definition for EAL:
English as an additional language (EAL) refers to learners whose first language is not English. The learner may already be fluent in several other languages or dialects. They can be pupils arriving from other countries and whose first language is not English.
Therefore, these definitions cover the following:
Pupils who have lived in the UK for a long time and may appear to be fluent, but who also
speak another language at home.
Pupils who have been born in the UK, but for whom the home language is not English (e.g. Bengali children who are born in the UK, but arrive at school with very little English due to having spoken only Bengali at home and within the community).
Pupils who have a parent who speaks a language other than English and the child
communicates with in that language (i.e. bilingual children).
It is important to recognize that:
Children who have British citizenship can still be EAL.
If parents write on their child’s admissions form that the child speaks English as a first
language, when it is clear that one or both of these parents speaks another language, the
child is very likely in fact to be EAL, and it will be necessary to check this. Please contact the
EAL department for more information, we are always happy to clarify any doubts or
answer questions you may have regarding this.