English as an Additional Language

At Bewick Bridge Primary School we celebrate the fact that many of our children speak more than one language and acknowledge their ability to use a variety of languages as well as English.  In our school the teaching and learning, achievements, attitudes and well-being of all children are paramount.  All our pupils are encouraged to achieve the highest possible results whatever their starting point. 

The term English as an Additional Language (EAL) is commonly used in mainstream UK education to describe children who speak one or more languages in their home and who are learning much of their English in an educational setting.

Our EAL learners are welcomed and fully included in our classrooms; EAL learners are learning the same subjects as pupils from English speaking families.

At Bewick Bridge we believe cultural diversity is beneficial for the school community,  as well as for the new children joining our school. We welcome and encourage all children and their parents to share their unique cultural and linguistic heritage and their educational experiences.

In our school the teachers take action to help children who are learning English as an additional language by building on their experiences, providing a wide variety of opportunities for them to practise newly acquired language, and giving them chances to hear their home languages as well as English. In many cases, the school can also help with providing bilingual support to extend their vocabulary and learn new chunks of language quickly. 

New and prospective families are always welcome to visit. For any questions, please call the school office on 01223508772 or contact us by email office@bewickbridge.com to arrange an appointment. We would love to see you and help you with your queries. 

Our EAL co-ordinator is Klara Banks. Klara has vast experience working with children and adults where English is not their mother tongue. For over 20 years, she has worked in a variety of settings and cultures including The Czech Republic, Vietnam, Thailand, Kenya and the UK.

What to expect when first contacting the school:

What happens when the child starts the school:

EAL and community events:

There are lots of EAL activities and events that take  place at our school. Just to name a few, children from an EAL background can be awarded an EAL Award. They can also showcase their culture during their show-and-tell sessions with their class. We celebrate International Mother Tongue Day and we organise an International Food Evening at Bewick Bridge every year.  Furthermore, we have a group of EAL parents who attend free English lessons at our school every Monday morning. We have lots of ideas and for the future we are preparing a variety of exciting EAL related events.