In our school, the teaching and learning, achievements, attitudes and the wellbeing of all our children are valued. We encourage all of our children to achieve the highest possible standards. We do this by taking account of each child’s life experiences and needs. A number of our children have particular learning and assessment requirements, which are linked to their progress in learning English as an additional language. Children who are learning English as an additional language have skills and knowledge similar to those of monolingual English-speaking children. Their ability to participate in the full curriculum may well be in advance of their communicative skills in English.

Throughout the school we plan opportunities for children to develop their English language, and we provide support to help them take part in all activities. We build on children’s experiences of language at home and in the wider community, so that their developing uses of English and of other languages support one another. We provide a range of opportunities for children to engage in speaking and listening activities in English with peers and adults and provide bilingual support to extend vocabulary where possible.