EAL - English as an Additional Language

English as an Additional Language at St Barnabas Primary School

At St Barnabas Primary School, we are lucky to have a diverse community of children and families who come from a range of countries, backgrounds and faiths. The Department for Education states "A pupil is recorded as having English as an additional language if she/he is exposed to a language at home that is known or believed to be other than English” (English proficiency of pupils with English as an Additional Language, Feb 2020).

As of May 2022, over half of the children (53%) at St Barnabas Primary School, identify as having English as an additional language, which is higher than the national average of 20.9% (DfE, Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics, June 2021).

The EAL Team at St Barnabas Primary School

Mrs Charley Wherrett – EAL Lead

Mrs Debbie Fisher – Headteacher

Mrs Rachel Peregrine – SENCo

Mrs Catherine Kupai – English Lead



At St Barnabas Primary School, a large portion of our children have English as an Additional Language (53%). In some cases, children and their families have newly arrived in the country and do not yet speak English. Our intention is to settle children and their families into school life as quickly and as comfortably as we can. We intend to provide them with the support that they need to get the best out of their school experience and make quick progress. We strive to celebrate all languages and cultures.


At St Barnabas Primary School, when new families arrive at the school we…

· Provide a planned induction procedure for new pupils from elsewhere in the UK and abroad.

· Acknowledge and value the skills and previous experiences brought by new pupils, which enrich the school community.

· Encourage children to be aware of the needs of new pupils and to welcome them.

· Ensure that Parents/Carers of new pupils are able to communicate with the school and are aware of school procedures.


At St Barnabas Primary School, we…


· Identify children’s level of language acquisition through assessments which are completed three times a year.

· Use these assessments to set targets for specific children, and put interventions in place to ensure progress.

· Use these targets to inform planning and delivery of the curriculum.

· Monitor targets at regular intervals throughout the academic year to ensure progress, adapting targets where needed

· Develop all children’s vocabulary across the curriculum.

· Put strategies in place in the classroom to ensure all children are included and can access learning across the curriculum.

As part of our daily practice at St Barnabas Primary School, we use Word Aware to introduce new key vocabulary in each subject. Through our Primary Talk training, class teachers provide sentence stems and support children to develop speaking skills through talk partners and talk groups.