The effective use of a consistent set of strategies designed to develop high level language skills for native and bilingual learners.

Why this is leading practice

The Blue Coat Federation has raised the profile of EAL learners through innovative strategies and has developed the language skills of all pupils including bilingual learners. Through EAL cluster meetings and training on national practice the school has adopted and developed an effective approach to closing the gap between native and bilingual speakers. We have a successful tracking and monitoring system to target children to ensure steady progression is made. Language is central to our identity and bilingualism is a strength of the school. We celebrate and award the contribution that these children make to our Blue Coat Family.


Impact to date

 The evidence from the lesson observations indicates a very positive picture of the improvement in teaching grades, including the EAL element. 

By the end of year two , 93% of EAL pupils are on or above national expectations and by the end of year six  57% made expected progress in reading, 56%in writing.  As a result of the progress made , a further funding allocation has been made to develop grammar next year.  Overall a focus on writing has been agreed for next year

Rationale / Start Point

Our Schools have developed a successful approach to developing language skills from below average to an expected level or above by the end of ks1. Children working within the Foundation Stage are tracked and targeted through the WELCOMM speech and language tool kit tracking using ages and stages. In Key Stage 1 and 2, all lessons and intervention groups are underpinned through a progressive language programme. This ensures all pupils progress regardless of their level of language development. We are a richly resourced setting using bilingual staff to aid the development of understanding and inclusion within the National Curriculum.

Key Strategies

 Key strategies are identified as:

A coherent and consistent approach.

A focus on regular INSET

A monitoring and review by senior staff

A substantial experiential programme using the pupils parent culture and language

Encouraging parent

Sustainability and Further Development

 Sustainability is sought through a defined staffing structure based on accountability, the effective use of TA staff and timetable facilitation. Staff are encouraged to take external courses and to share their expertise across the federation of schools.A culture of teachers working together is well established . Parents are significantly engaged. There has been a decision to emphasise writing  and grammar next year

Lead Establishment

Blue Coat Infant and Junior Schools' Federation
Hanch Place
West Midlands
United Kingdom
01922 720740
Headteacher / Manager
Mr Anthony Orlik
Local Authority
Phase of Education
Type and Status of Provider
Faith School

Published: 09 February 2015
Expires: 09 February 2018

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