English as an Additional Language Service
The EAL team is comprised of teachers and language support staff working in schools across St. Helens. We support those pupils from ethnic minorities who do not have English as a first language.
These pupils have to cope with a wide range of curriculum subjects using English as an additional language. Currently, about 30 different languages are spoken by pupils who attend St Helens schools.
The team works with schools, parents and other organisations to help young people gain access to education and to achieve their full potential. They build on the skills and knowledge that children from other cultures bring to school, and develop their confidence and self-esteem. This is important for achievement and social and personal development.
EAL learners are taught within the mainstream curriculum, but their needs are distinct. The most significant distinction is that they are learning through a language other than their first language.
EAL learners therefore have two main tasks in the learning context of the school: Firstly, they need to learn English and secondly, they need to learn the content of the curriculum.
The learning context will have an influence on both of these, as learners will be affected by attitudes towards them, their culture, language, religion, and ethnicity.
EAL pedagogy is therefore about using strategies to meet both the language and the learning needs of EAL pupils in a wide range of teaching contexts.
EYFS/KS1/KS2 Helen Boardman (Outreach Services Manager) - tel; 01744 676692
KS3/KS4 Hannah Pastor – tel; 01744 677249
Help with the school admission process
If you want to know more about applying for a school place for your child, please read our school admissions page. If English is not your first language, we may be able to arrange for someone to contact you to offer assistance.
For help and information, contact the School Admissions Team on 01744 671035