The term EAL is used when referring to pupils where the first language at home is not English.
At Beam we aim to work together to meet the full range of needs of these children and their families, ensuring they all feel safe, valued and accepted in order to learn happily and effectively. For pupils who are learning English as an additional language, this includes recognising and valuing their home language and background.
As an inclusive school, we are aware that bilingualism is a strength that is embraced; recognising that EAL pupils have a valuable contribution to make. At Beam, we celebrate the diverse range of cultures, languages and religions represented by our pupils, their families and communities.
Upon admission, we assess the skills and needs of pupils with EAL and provide appropriate provision according to their needs. We use a range of different strategies to support children as they develop fluency for the English language, thus enhancing both their social and academic experiences within the school environment and encouraging every child to reach their full potentials.