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Language and cultural support
The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Team provides assessment, advice and support to schools admitting children who speak little or no English. This support varies according to need, but is child-led, and may include some additional funding for short term Teaching Assistant support as well as training for teachers and teaching assistants.
The Team also supply information on different cultural backgrounds and languages, as well as helping staff to differentiate for EAL pupils in the mainstream.
The Team have training and support packages ranging from basic awareness raising in schools (for staff and children) to refugee and asylum seeker issues and developing more advanced language skills for examinations. The team also have a range of bilingual resources to facilitate home-school communications, and can suggest links for translation and interpretation skills.
A home teaching project has recently been set up in which pre-school children and their carers are helped to develop their language skills in a non-school setting.