As with many schools, the number of children with English as an additional language (EAL) or whose home language is not English is increasing. We now have a number of children in our school community who speak two languages, and the number of different languages spoken by members of our community is also increasing.
We provide support for learners at our school whose spoken language at home could be Arabic; Bengali; Chinese; Greek; Panjabi; Pashto; Polish; Portuguese; Romanian; Turkish or Urdu. This list of different languages is always changing and new languages are being added.
Mrs Knowles is our specialist Teaching Assistant whose role involves supporting both pupils and teachers to ensure that our children are able to achieve their best at Higher Failsworth. The school has received support and advice from the local authority and a number of staff have undertaken training specifically around supporting EAL pupils. We have an induction process which ensures that children who are new to the country or who are at the early stages of learning English are supported appropriately.