RIG Convenor: Tamara Rolfs Post: Tamara Rolfs
September 28th 2017
Dovelands Primary School, Leicester
Theme: EAL and Speech, Language and Communication
Tamara Rolfs (EAL consultant, previously a headteacher) and Manny Sidhu (an SLE from Derby) shared their whole school approach to developing speech, language and communication at their school which had a significant impact on the high percentage of EAL learners. Strategies included, staff training approaches, collaborative learning, child led parent consultations, using “Learning Grids” as an alternative to traditional marking/ feedback and developing communication friendly spaces.
Bibiana Wigley and Jo Flanagan (from Clarity) delivered a presentation on ‘What is SLCN? How can you identify it when a child is learning more than one language?’ They also signposted the group to useful documents and training from The Communication Trust, including Word Aware and TalkBoost, both proven to have been beneficial to EAL learners.
Koni Rakhit explained and shared a flow chart that she had developed with her team at Nottinghamshire County Council helping schools identify the appropriate route to support children in Early Years who are EAL and may have SLCN.
Hannah Jefferies and Safeera Usman (from Hazel Community School, Leicester) shared information about a “Let’s Talk” Group that they ran as their mini-project for the Leicester EAL Leadership Programme. They explained that it was suitable for intermediate to advance EAL learners as well as non-EAL learners and the RIG group all had a go at some of the activities.