English as an Additional Language

There are a number of pupils in Clifton High School for whom English is not their first language. We value this linguistic diversity and encourage opportunities for children to use and talk about their home language in play and learning.

Pupils who join Clifton High needing help with their English language skills are supported by the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department. During an initial two week induction period pupils benefit from daily individual or small group lessons with a specialist EAL teacher. After the induction, the EAL coordinator will continue to support the pupil and assess whether they would benefit from in-class support or individual lessons in order to develop their English language skills.

The content of the EAL lessons depends on the needs of the pupil but typically will include a good balance of speaking, writing, listening and reading skills practice, linked with the content of the curriculum once appropriate.