New Arrivals Excellence Programme (NAEP): Case study 10

  • Date: Sep 2007
  • Programme: New Arrivals Excellence Programme (NAEP)
  • Focus: Securing progress for newly arrived pupils with English as an additional language (EAL)
  • Number in series: 10
  • Phase: Primary
  • Key stage: Key Stages 1 and 2
  • Ref: 00692-2007DWO-EN-05
  • % free school meals (FSM): 8.75%

Background

This is a larger than average primary school in the north of England with some 400 pupils on roll. Its free school meals (FSM) index is lower than the national average at 8.75%. The school is a multi-ethnic school which serves the local Catholic community of four parishes, including a parish with a large Polish community, and there is a significant degree of mobility into the school.

The headteacher describes the school as an ‘inclusive’ school which values each child and welcomes what they bring to the school. Languages in school in addition to English include: Polish, Chinese, Arabic, Urdu, Luganda, Panjabi, Tagalog/Filipino, French and Italian. There are newly arrived pupils in every year group.

There has been a significant change in the school’s intake in the last two years in terms of the increase in the number of new arrivals learning English as an additional language (EAL) who are mainly Polish speakers. The school has only recently received additional funding to support ethnic minority achievement from the LA. Initially, the LA offered part-time peripatetic support which provided direct teaching support and advice and guidance on aspects of teaching and learning such as initial assessment and resources. The school now employs a teaching assistant (TA) to support new arrivals learning EAL. This school ‘tops up’ funding from its delegated budget in order to maintain a higher level of EAL specialist provision.

There is a strong focus on the emotional and social development of each child as well as the strong aspiration to raise academic achievement and these are seen as inextricably interlinked through all aspects of school life.

Links with parents and carers as well as the wider community are strong. There is however significant social services involvement with some families and the school works hard to support these families.

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