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EAL

Welcome to EAL 
EAL -English as an Additional Language at Swallow Hill.

Our vision is to fully equip pupils with the linguistic and cultural skills required to enhance their learning, and support their integration into modern British Culture. 

Our goal is to challenge and empower students to confidently undertake language related task - maximising their academic potential. To achieve this, we support staff in developing a range of strategies in making their subject accessible to EAL students - thus supporting the inclusive ethos of Swallow Hill. 

We provide intense tailored classes for beginner English speakers (and language targeted KS4 students) with a focus on the four skills: 
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Reading and Writing

Our aim is for students to acquire English rapidly and accurately - giving them a sound foundation to access the curriculum. Our team offers advice on differentiation for EAL students, provides exemplars of differentiated materiel and co-plans lessons with teachers. 

Swallow Hill has an induction procedure for new arrivals who are new to English.  

Induction Programme for New Arrivals 

Like other new students, new to English students will need to feel safe and welcome, and have the support they need to settle in and become effective learners.

Like other new students, new to English students will need to feel safe and welcome, and have the support they need to settle in and become effective learners.

Many new to English students are likely to arrive in school after planned admission times, which present Swallow Hill with particular challenges. We plan work with these New Arrivals to ensure good communication with parents, address pastoral and educational needs and promote genuine inclusion.

From our experience we have found that our New Arrivals who go into all lessons and are immersed in the English language become more confident in their speaking skills. We support their English as an Additional Language with personalised timetable and English as an Additional Language lessons. We do not withdraw them from core subjects, unless they have no English. The students are supported in lessons where possible. We also can offer translation for some of the students and pre-tutoring in all subjects.

Any assessment of learning carried out during or soon after admission into the school is unlikely to give an accurate picture of a student’s language and learning skills. A reassessment within the next six weeks will take place. Some students may find transition difficult and need extra time to adjust before being able to fully access the Curriculum.



EAL Department Staff

 Mrs Lasota-Drobnik
EAL Teacher
 Ms Dias
EAL Mentor
 Mrs Ibeh
EAL Mentor

 Mrs McMillan
EAL Mentor