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EAL, Equality and Diversity


To create a welcoming and supportive environment which will enable EAL pupils and families to participate fully in all areas of school life.   To value and respect the cultural and linguistic identities of EAL pupils and use these to enrich the learning of all pupils.   To develop the oral and literacy skills of EAL pupils so they can understand and use English confidently and competently across the curriculum and maximise their potential in all areas of school life.   To support New to English children in their transition into school in order to ensure that they can fully access the curriculum  

  EAL Examples


  • Inner City North East
  • Over 700 pupils
  • 22+ ethnic groups
  • Around 45 languages with over 500 children who speak English as an additional language


The EAL Team

Mrs Marshall Miss Fleming Mrs Boyd Mr Ali
Mrs Marshall Mrs Roclawski Mrs Boyd Mr Ali
Assistant Headteacher - EAL Lead Class Teacher - EAL Champion Higher Level Teaching Assistant Attendance and Admissions Manager



Across school children’s proficiency in English is at very different stages. We ensure all children with EAL are assessed using  the Bells Proficiency Scale to ensure that they are supported with language acquisition


  1. New to English
  2. Early Acquisition
  3. Developing Competence
  4. Competent
  5. Fluent

 The program gives support strategies and provides practical ways to support EAL learners at each stage of their language development.



A place is offered within school; families are invited to visit school for a tour, to complete admission forms and an Induction booklet is given.

Getting to know you
Mr Ali completes a visit to our new family, in their home, to gather background information; to ensure a smooth and happy start to school and to inform parents about:

  • The first day(Wednesday) and first week (half days Wed/Thurs/Fri)
  • Who’s who? 
  • To establish family context
  • To give information about the local Community

You can see a copy of the induction booklet by clicking the link below:

EAL Induction Booklet
Induction Booklet


What does a day look like for a new child at HPS?

EAL Class

A member of staff will teach children in regular sessions during the week in small age-appropriate groups.
Every new arrival at HPS is given a baseline Assessment and this assessment is used by class teachers to demonstrate progress until the child is able to meet National Curriculum age-related expectations.

Lessons are based around early language acquisition through themes such as; my family, school, my home, hobbies, festivals and links to year group themes.  


What happens in the classroom?

We have a thematic approach to all lessons with one book which incorporates Literacy and Foundation subjects and ensures learning is relevant and contextualised with:

  • Mixed ability grouping
  • Tasks that encourage speaking and listening
  • Real emphasis on developing Vocabulary
  • Rehearsal of key learning points
  • Real-life experiences;  visits, visitors, role-play, using local environment
  • Using EYFS and KS1 expertise
  • Bilingual adult support 


Young Interpreter Scheme

Young Interpreters

“The Young Interpreter Scheme® provides peer support to pupils who are learning English as an Additional Language (EAL), to their families and to schools.“
Hampshire County Council


Harehills Primary School has more than 15 trained interpreters in Y5/6; speaking; Slovak, Romanian, Czech, Panjabi, Urdu, Polish, Hungarian and French.


Young Interpreters - Slovakian    Young Interpreters - Romanian


Equality and Diversity

At Harehills we are committed to equality and diversity and we are really proud of the work we do to ensure that everybody at our school is treated with equal dignity and worth, valuing their particular characteristics such as their age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation and socio-economic circumstances.

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Language of the Half Term


We are very proud of the fact that over 30 languages are spoken in school. We celebrate this by focusing each half term on a different language. Click here to find out what the current language of the half term is!