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Creative Education In-House Case Study: St Mary’s, Prittlewell Church of England Primary School

Overall a very positive experience for all

Hollie Jones, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, St Mary’s, Prittlewell Church of England Primary School

Situation

St Mary’s Prittlewell Church of England Primary School are a busy and friendly primary school in Southend-on-Sea. The school required further training on supporting students with English as an Additional Language and contacted Creative Education for help.

A focus on developing school policy, vision and understanding levels and assessment

Creative Education had the pleasure of delivering an EAL consultancy session with the EAL lead as well as a full day’s EAL INSET day training for 100 staff delegates. Some main areas of support included:

  • EAL as a school priority.
  • An overview of CPD for the year incorporating support for pupils not making expected progress.
  • EAL best practice principles for whole class teaching and LSA support.
  • Applying best practice to planning and work.
  • Development of new assessment journeys.
  • Learning Walks to see the teaching of EAL in practice.
  • Leading staff meetings to develop understanding and quality first teaching for all learners.
  • Recognising the positive benefits of bilingualism for primary classrooms.

Impact

The consultancy session and training day were enjoyed by the staff and seen as very beneficial. The support staff have reported that they now feel:

  1. They are more confident in the assessment process for EAL learners.
  2. Are better equipped to welcome new arrivals and ensure their classrooms are accessible to all.
  3. They have a better understanding of how to develop English as an additional language and how they can support learners in school.
  4. That senior leaders have developed skills and knowledge in supporting staff to teach EAL students.
  5. That more appropriate resources have been arranged for all classrooms to support further learning.

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