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English as an additional language

EAL (English as an additional language) is the term most widely used in schools (and other settings) for teaching English to pupils for whom English is not a first language. 

Statistics released in August 2009 indicate that around 15% of primary school children in England and 11% of secondary school pupils have a mother tongue other than English. In inner London, around 54.1% of pupils are recorded as learning English as an additional language. More than 200 languages are spoken in the homes of children attending schools in England.

Although numbers at The Beaconsfield School are small, we have an increasingly diverse community within a school.  If your son or daughter has English as an additional language we hope the following information will help you to support them at home. Please do not hesitate to contact the schools SENCO Mrs Sue Cook if you have any questions.