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Sketty Primary School

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English as an Additional Language

In Sketty Primary, we are committed to welcoming all families to the school, and being as Inclusive as possible.

We have children from a wide range of different cultural backgrounds within the school, which we celebrate and embrace. 


At Sketty Primary 7% of our school population are EAL learners. Inclusion, diversity and opportunity are integral to our school community. We believe that language should not be a barrier to learning but a beneficial tool to our pupils and school.  


What is an EAL learner? 

English as an additional language (EAL) learners are from a minority ethnic background and will have a first language that is neither English or Welsh. Not all minority ethnic learners will be learners of EAL. Many UK born bilingual/multilingual children may not define themselves as EAL, especially if their first language is no longer their dominant language.


Such learners may only understand their first language and not speak it frequently, if at all. However, based on the definitions above and for the purposes of data they are still included as EAL learners. 


Swansea schools support the use of the Bell Foundation EAL ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK as a tool for assessing and supporting EAL pupils. The guidance enables teachers to set effective targets and develop a learning journey for an EAL pupil.


At Sketty Primary we use this to complement our teacher assessment and set targets for all our EAL learners. 


Our recent Estyn Inspection report stated :-