What is EAL?
Students with EAL are students who speak English as an additional language. They may be fluent in English, not speak English at all or have a level of English anywhere between. They may have achieved high academic levels in another system or have no experience of school at all. They may have been born in this country or abroad. They may have arrived in Britain voluntarily as part of an organised move or may have fled traumatic experiences at short notice.
Special educational needs and gifted and talented students
The Academy recognises that most EAL students needing support with their English language development do not have SEND needs. However, should SEND needs be identified during assessment, EAL students will have equal access to SEND provision. Similarly, the Academy recognises that there may be EAL students who are More Able even though they may not be fully fluent in English. EAL and SEND staff will work together to ensure a co-ordinated approach where any of the above applies.