Here at Underhill we are proud to welcome families from a wealth of different cultures and backgrounds and we greatly value the rich diversity of our school community. We have pupils from all around the world and over 45 languages spoken, and as such, support for EAL is a big part of our school.
Our EAL (English as an Additional Language) pupils are closely monitored for their progress in the curriculum and their acquisition of English. We use an EAL proficiency assessment framework to track each pupil’s individual progress. This information subsequently informs the EAL support that we put in place for each child.
We provide support in each class for our EAL pupils at the level they can access, this includes using visuals, translated materials and intervention support to boost vocabulary and communication as required. We use a variety of translated resources across school to support our pupils, including bilingual books, multi-language dictionaries and Google translate.
Whenever we have a newly arrived pupil they are buddied up with a classmate in order that they settle into school life and feel welcomed in to Underhill. We also run a peer readers scheme where children from another class will come to read with EAL pupils.
Each month we celebrate and learn about a different language. We warmly welcome any involvement from parents and families and encourage them to get involved, however big or small the contribution.
Our staff who speak more than one language read stories to classes in their language to help celebrate diversity.