English as an Additional Language
Article 29 - Education must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
Article 8 - I have the right to an identity.
“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.” Chinese Proverb.
Our vision for children with EAL at Penwortham:
To celebrate the rich diversity of languages and cultures within our school and for all children to feel welcome, included and supported at Penwortham in both the school and the community.
We aim to create a welcoming and safe learning environment ensuring that every child succeeds and reaches their full potential despite their race, ethnicity or first language. We take pride in celebrating the cultural differences through an inspiring, broad and engaging curriculum, which promotes language awareness. We are aware that bilingualism is a strength and that EAL pupils have a valuable contribution to make. Our children learn to become resilient and self-assured where safety and the learning environment is outstanding. We believe that everyone should be challenged and encouraged to thrive and achieve as individuals, preparing them for their role as caring and active citizens in modern Britain.
We settle children as quickly as possible, into school life; to encourage them to take part in the daily routines and structures, which will help them to develop, not only an understanding of the academic aspects of English, but the use of the English language for social interaction.
We work with parents and guardians to ensure a smooth transition into the school, with staff and or other children who are able to speak the same language at our induction to find out details about children's past school experience, their preferred methods of teaching, their previous exposure to English, and any traumatic experiences the children may have had. We believe that this induction is vital to enable us to help the children settle into their new environment as smoothly as possible.
We celebrate the fact that a rising number of our children speak more than one language and acknowledge their ability to communicate using a variety of community languages. At Penwortham, the teaching and learning, achivements attitudes and well being of all children are important. We =encourage all children to achieve the highest possible standards and reach their full potential in all aspects of school life. We do this through taking account of each child's life experiences and needs.
What does EAL look like at Penwortham?
“When teaching EAL pupils it is important to acknowledge a range of differences in the classroom. Teaching for inclusion signifies to value all.”
Pupils at Penwortham see examples of their culture, language and heritage in the visual environment, in books, resources and in the curriculum. We work with parents to ensure children’s multilingualism is valued and that children are confident about their heritage.
International Mother Language Day 2022
What children said about celebrating languages at Penwortham...
"I like seeing my language on classroom displays"
"I feel included and I liked sharing my language with my friends"
"I have learnt about lots of different cultures"
"Learning about other languages was interesting and fun"
"I learnt the meaning of new words"
Inclusion Quality Mark - Centre of Excellence
We are Proud to be an Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Centre of excellence. This award recognises our commitment to inclusive practice across the school. Staff are unified in their aspiration for all pupils, ensuring no child is left behind and achievement in all areas of learning and personal development is of a high standard.
Read our 2020 report here.
Read the 2021 Annual Review report here.
Read the 2022 Annual Review here.