Lockdown support for pupils with English as an additional language

Schools are being reminded that learning loss during national lockdown is exacerbated for pupils with English as an additional language (EAL).

This is because EAL pupils face both learning loss and language learning loss or regression during periods of remote education.

Charity The Bell Foundation, which works to support the education of EAL pupils, is offering advice, resources and support to schools to help lessen the impact of the lockdown.

It points to research last year from Ofsted and others after the first national lockdown which shows that some EAL pupils have struggled more than others with aspects of language and communication skills and a regression in oral fluency.

Furthermore, pupils and their parents may experience language barriers when accessing remote learning, particularly if they are new to English or have low levels of English language proficiency.

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