English as an Additional Language
The EAL department at Hyde High School consists of a team of three which includes a coordinator and two EAL teaching assistants. It is the EAL team's aim to provide tailored resources and support for students whose first language isn't English.
The help given to learners is given based on an evaluation of individual pupil's needs through use of The Bell Foundation assessments. These assessments are then conducted at regular intervals by both teaching assistants throughout the school year to track pupil progress in regards to reading, writing and speaking skills. Copies of the outcomes of these assessments are sent home to parents/guardians/carers alongside a summary of progress written by one of the EAL teaching assistants.
The EAL team employs a large range of approaches to support both within classrooms (enhancing normal teaching) and during special 1-1 timetabled sessions in the EAL office. In addition to this, we run two specific interventions with KS3 students in conjunction with the English Department - Reading Champions and Basic Literacy Skills.
The EAL team maintains contact with learner's guardians/parents and carers throughout any transition periods to ensure pupils settle well into the school environment at Hyde. All members of the team are easily contactable through use of their work emails as listed below.
Here is an example of a welcome letter we give to some EAL students when they join our school. It is written in Bangla and has been created by two members of our student leadership team.