English as an Additional Language
We are proud that there are more than 40 languages spoken at Swindon Academy and many of our students are "EAL", speaking a different language at home. We ensure that all students, regardless of social, ethnic and cultural background, have access to the curriculum and participate in all aspects of school life. All languages and cultures are valued equally. We recognise and value students’ home languages and backgrounds and promote bilingualism through our ethos, our curriculum, our education against racism and promoting language awareness.
Provision for EAL learners
On entry to Swindon Academy, we assess all new students whose home language isn’t English, to ensure they can access the right level of support. We have a designated EAL Coordinator who carries out initial assessments and monitors progress of EAL learners during their time at the Academy.
EAL Intervention Sessions
Where appropriate, EAL students will undertake further testing and will be provided with access to a range of EAL interventions, depending on their language proficiency. Students who are new to English receive intensive EAL interventions and are withdrawn from some mainstream lessons for additional English lessons. A number of EAL learners also have 1-2-1 reading sessions with the EAL coordinator to improve their English fluency.
During these intervention sessions, EAL learners are exposed to a wide range of English grammar and vocabulary through a planned programme of support.
EAL Students can also apply to be part of our Global Ambassador Programme who ensure new arrivals get support with settling into the Academy and building relationships with their peers.