English as Additional Language (EAL)
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EAL stands for English as an Additional Language.
In our school more than 40 languages are spoken and 20% of our students speak English as an additional language.
Our EAL support provision is based on an accurate assessment of students’ prior knowledge and experience as well as language skills. This assessment is carried out by the EAL Specialist when the students join the college. Students learning EAL are generally taught in the mainstream class alongside their peers. Newly arrived students who cannot access the curriculum because of the language barrier are given withdrawal specialist EAL support to acquire the level of English needed to access the curriculum and are also taught strategies to learn in a language that is not their first language by the EAL specialist.
Classroom teachers are responsible for ensuring that all students can participate in lessons by always taking into account the needs of the EAL learners who attend their lessons.
EAL Specialist Support
Ms Maffei is the EAL Specialist and Coordinator, her role includes:
- Carrying out the initial assessment of students’ standards of English.
- Providing withdrawal specialist EAL language support for new EAL arrivals to acquire the level of English needed to access the curriculum and teach strategies to learn in a language that is not their first language.
- Where appropriate, providing withdrawal EAL support for a set period of time to address a specific language focus for the advanced EAL learners in order to improve their academic English.
- Giving guidance and support to set targets and plan appropriate work.
- Providing a Personal Learning Plan where appropriate.
- Monitoring the teaching and learning of students with EAL.
- Reporting the progress of EAL students to the Deputy Head.
- Supporting the EAL students both academically and pastorally working in partnership with parents/carers, Heads of Houses, teaching and support staff, the Student Support Officer, the Exams Officer and external agencies where appropriate.
- Acting as coach and helping train teachers in how to best teach and support EAL students with differentiation techniques to ensure that all students can access the lesson and meet learning aims.
- Carrying out a reassessment of the English level of students each year and this data is tracked and monitored to ensure that all students are making good progress.
You can contact Ms Maffei by email:
EAL Option KS4 (Years 10 and 11)
Aims of the course
We offer an Academic English option for a select number of students for whom English is an additional language. The aims of the Academic English course are for students to improve their written, spoken and understanding of English to a sufficiently high level that they are able to demonstrate their understanding and ability in a range of subjects at GCSE level.
The course content varies depending on the students’ level of English and their abilities.
The course is tailored to the student and is a mixture of guided independent learning, group study and one-to-one formative assessment.
Essential Grammar for Elementary learners of English.
English Grammar in use for Intermediate learners of English.
Advanced Grammar for Advanced learners of English.
Strategies and skills development in an additional language
- Summary writing
- Reading comprehension
- Composition writing
- Phrasal verbs and Prepositional phrases
Students best suited to the course
The course is recommended for new arrivals to the UK who are still acquiring English language skills and who are not yet able to communicate in English to a level that allows them to demonstrate their full understanding and ability in subjects across the curriculum.
The Academic English option will help students develop their English language skills, which in turn will allow for more choices at
The Academic English does not in itself result in a formal qualification. It supports students in achieving their potential in subjects across the curriculum.
Every day after school there is an EAL Surgery in the library: Students may attend the surgery if they need help with any kind of issues, both pastoral or academic, if they have questions, or if they wish to attend an after school session of reading, speaking or grammar.
For further information please contact Ms Maffei at
Support and guidance for parents/carers
The EAL Coordinator takes part in the admission process; if needed, she will meet with parents and carers to explain the British scholastic system and to familiarise new comers with our school system. At Chesterton we believe that communication and cooperation between staff and parents/ carers is an essential factor for our students to succeed. We strive to make sure that all parents are aware of ways to follow and support their children in a new scholastic setting.
For further information please contact Ms Maffei at
Community Club runs every Wednesday and Friday at lunchtime and is open to all students. The members meet and learn about different cultures and languages and new students make new friends by taking part in many activities such as: playing games from all over the world, exploring communication activities, listening to international music and taking part in group discussions on different topics.
* Students taking an active role in school’s events such as: World Book Evening, Open Evening, Drama and Music performances, Art Competitions and more.
* Students fund raising for charities
* Students creating new games for the group and organising international school parties
* Students teaching their language to their teachers and their friends
* Students watching and debating movies in English (whilst sharing popcorn with the other members of the club).
First Language GCSE
Pupils who are fluent in their native language are encouraged to take a GCSE in the summer term. We can offer past papers, support materials, entry fees, and advice. Most of the work towards these exams is done independently by the pupils with the support of their parents.