The EAL Department

The term bilingual learner refers to ‘all students 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).

The terms EAL (English as an Additional language) and bilingual are used interchangeably and both refer to students for whom English is not the first language.   It does not refer to the stage of English these students may be on (see below).  Many EAL students speak English on a par to native speakers.

Department Staff

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Department Vision and Priorities

The EAL Department at Winterhill School has identified a shared vision for all EAL learners, to empower them to experience success in all areas of school life. This vision is at the forefront of all of our teaching and learning, supporting and guiding of EAL learners in our school community which comprises of many different aspects.

Winterhill School is committed to providing appropriate provision of teaching and resources for students for whom English is an additional language. The EAL Department identifies individual students' needs at the earliest opportunity, recognising the skills they bring to the school and ensuring equality of access to the whole curriculum. We aim to ensure that all EAL pupils are able to:

  • Use English confidently and competently

  • Use English as a means to learning across the curriculum

  • Whole-school teaching and learning training to give strategies to teachers to ensure that EAL students are able to access the curriculum.

  • Recognise, welcome and value the cultural, linguistic and educational experiences that EAL students bring to Winterhill School.

  • Provide appropriate resources for the breadth of abilities amongst EAL students at Winterhill.

  • To monitor the progress of EAL students and use the data to make decisions about classroom management and curriculum planning.


At Winterhill we embrace diversity and recognise that learners will be at different stages of English language acquisition (from complete beginner to advanced bi-lingual). But even those at the same stage of English language acquisition will have different backgrounds and needs. 

We provide appropriate teaching and learning interventions for our EAL pupils so that each student achieves his or her full potential both socially and academically.

More Information

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