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English as an Additional Language (EAL)


At Westgate 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 community languages. In our school the teaching and learning, achievements, attitudes and well-being of all children are important. We encourage all children to achieve the highest possible standards. We do this through taking account of each child’s life experiences and needs.

A number of our children have particular learning and assessment requirements, which are linked to their progress in learning English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Approximately 13% of the children at Westgate Primary School have English as an Additional Language. There are seven other first languages spoken, including;


  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • German
  • Lithuanian
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Tamil

Children who are learning English as an Additional Language have skills and knowledge about language similar to monolingual English-speaking children. Their ability to participate in the full curriculum may be in advance of their communicative skills in English.