Supporting our EAL Learners

Mulberry School for Girls is an inclusive mainstream school. As an inclusive school we provide an education which is characterised by high expectations of every pupil, including those with EAL. We value all our pupils and encourage all learners to strive to achieve their potential and to become full, independent and positive members of the community.

Integration of EAL pupils, irrespective of their English language proficiency, age or previous schooling, into mainstream classes is the standard practice at the school.  This is because Mulberry School for Girls believes that EAL pupils learn best in the mainstream classroom along their peers. Learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) provision is part of the school’s specialised inclusive provision that ensures all pupils experience an enjoyable learning and teaching experience.

The Support for Learning staff work collaboratively and in partnership with subject teachers to enable the delivery of support for pupils with the aim of achieving maximum impact of our EAL interventions. Our EAL pupils are supported in their learning by:

  • a tailored induction programme for new arrivals;
  • high quality whole class, inclusive teaching;
  • an appropriate level of cognitive challenge in lessons, with appropriate language scaffolding;
  • visual support to help them access the curriculum;
  • designing specific resources to support the access needs of individual pupils.

We assess and closely monitor the progress and attainment of every pupil using the national coding system which categorises pupils into five different groups:

  1. A – New to English/Beginner
  2. B – Early acquisition
  3. C – Developing confidence
  4. D – Competent
  5. E – Fluent.

This helps us to plan targeted in-class support and intervention focusing on supporting pupils to further develop their English language acquisition and improve access to subject content during lessons.

If you have any questions about our EAL offer, please do contact us at or call us on 020 7790 6327 and we will do all that we can to help.