English as an additional language (EAL)

English as an additional language (EAL)

The definition of a bilingual learner is that it refers to ‘all pupils who use or have access to more than one language at home or at school – it does not necessarily imply full fluency in both or all languages’ (DfES 2003). EAL learners in the UK.

Mission statement

A whole school approach to ensure that all pupils feel safe, valued and accepted so that every child can fulfill their learning potential. For all pupils that are learning English as an additional language, it includes the recognition and valuing of their home language and background. Bilingualism is a strength and as a school, we recognise that EAL pupils have a valuable contribution to make. We take a whole school approach including ethos, curriculum, education against racism, and the promotion of language awareness.


At Janvrin, EAL pupils come from a variety of backgrounds. Currently the majority of EAL pupils are from well established Portuguese communities and may be second or third generation while others may be new to the language and culture of Jersey.

There may also be isolated learners within the school who are the only speaker of their language.

Depending on the age of the pupil, some children may have attended school in their home country and can be literate in their home language. They may also be others that have had no education at school before arrival.

our school our world display

Janvrin pupils created this display to celebrate the different countries that their families come from.

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