St Mary's C of E Primary School

Faith in Everyone to Shine Brightly

College Road, Purton, Wiltshire, SN5 4AR

01793 770239

English as an additional language (EAL)


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At St Mary's we use class a pupil as using EAL if ‘they are exposed to a language at home that is known or believed to be other than English'. We are usually made aware of this through admission data provided by the pupil's carer(s). 

At St Mary's we are proud of the linguistic and cultural diversity in our school and believe that effective teaching and learning using EAL happens through our approach to, and delivery of, the National Curriculum. We intend to provide pupils with EAL with the support that they need to achieve their potential and make good progress.



At St Mary's Primary either on arrival to the school or throughout children’s time at our school we:

  • identify children’s level of language acquisition using the Wiltshire Tracking Documents (provided by EMTAS);
  • recognise that the ability of pupils for whom English is an additional language may be in advance of their communication skills in English. Teachers not only plan teaching opportunities to help pupils develop their English but also ensure English language development does not act as a barrier to achievement in non-language-based learning;
  • put into place the recommended strategies that the EMTAS tracker helps to identify;
  • put interventions in place when relevant to ensure progress and aid English acquisition;
  • develop children’s vocabulary across the curriculum using a variety of strategies suited the the learner;
  • put strategies in place in the classroom to ensure all children feel included, valued and able to access learning across the curriculum, regardless of their current acquisition of the English language;
  • strive to increase parental involvement, involving home in helping to support vocabulary learning; 
  • monitor data and assessments to inform planning and practice within the classroom using EAL as a separate group.

Useful Webpages and Links for parents and carers:

The Bell Foundation provides lots of support, including Home Learning guidance and advice. 

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