English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Tong Leadership Academy is a larger than average secondary school, with 437 EAL students on roll from Year 7 to Year 13 (336 students from year 7 to year 11 and 101 in 6th Form). 391 out of them are advanced bilingual or fully bilingual students.

46 students are New to English and need intensive in-class and out of class support. We have students from a diverse range of backgrounds and we strive to support their needs. About 38.8% of the students are Eastern European, the largest group being Slovak, however there are also a significant number of students from Poland and the Czech Republic. 24% of the students speak English as an additional language. A large proportion of these students require significant support, especially those who arrive with a very limited knowledge of English and sometimes also new to literacy. Urdu, Punjabi, Polish, and Slovakian are the most spoken languages, after English, in the school.

The EAL Department actively follows the principles of inclusion and bilingualism where all students from a wide range of social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, have the right to access the curriculum, receive the best possible education and participate in all aspects of school life. This is fundamental in ensuring all EAL students make the same good progress as others. All languages and cultures are valued equally. Our team works hard to inspire and challenge students of all abilities to achieve their full potential academically and to develop a strong sense of belonging to the school community.

With this in mind and with many EAL students at an early stage of learning, the EAL Department plays a vital role in offering a variety of support for students who speak other languages.

Support falls into the following categories:

Induction Day

EAL students are given an initial assessment of their level of English fluency which then informs the type of support they will be given. As part of the induction programme, students will initially be withdrawn from lessons for the first 2 weeks to provide support .

In class support

Identified students are supported in their mainstream classes with the subject teacher. This support addresses the Basic Cognitive Academic Language needs of EAL students.

Curriculum support

The EAL teaching staff provide advice and support on resources and strategies to all curriculum areas on a regular basis. The EAL department works closely with each curriculum area to ensure new initiatives within this area are developed and thus embedded to support both teachers and our EAL students.

After School Club

Each Wednesday an after school club is run by the EAL department where students are given the opportunity to improve their confidence, English speaking and communication skills and practical skills through cooking lessons.

Collaborative teaching

This involves both the EAL teacher and the identified subject teachers in joint planning to meet the needs of all the students in their classes.

Exam arrangements/entitlements

In public exams, students may be entitled to extra time, be supported by a reader or a scribe or have access to a bilingual dictionary.

Students, depending on their level of English language proficiency, will also have the opportunity of gaining an internationally recognised ESOL Qualification such as EDI ESOL exam or the Cambridge ESOL Exams. With either qualification, students are able to progress to higher levels in certain 6th Form Colleges that offer an ESOL Exam.

Parental Support and developing community links

The school's work to establish links between different groups in the community is excellent. It is based on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the local community, learners' needs and on feedback gained from attendance at a wide range of community meetings. Information is regularly translated into other languages in order to make school systems and functions more accessible to parents.

We equally value involvement from parents in order to raise attainment of EAL students. We strive to make parents feel part of the school community and will be introducing various ‘Coffee and Information Sessions’. These sessions will focus on how school systems work and working with the community. Some of the topics will include: ‘Working in our community- helping each other build a community for the future’; ‘Fighting our differences- breaking down gang culture’; ‘Let’s share- how could we help each other understand out different cultures?’ If parents/carers express an interest, we would like to develop a Whole Day Event which will involve cooking and arts based activities.

Monitoring and Evaluation of EAL student’s attainment

In order to ensure that progress is being made, targeted EAL students will be assessed on a regular basis and targets will be set in accordance with the ‘Language in Common’ assessment criteria and English National Curriculum Levels. Students’ progress will also be monitored in collaboration with mainstream colleagues across the curriculum.

Parents’ Evenings

All EAL colleagues attend Parents’ Evenings in order to inform parents of their child’s progress in English Language Proficiency.


Miss D. Daulby

Leader of EAL & Teacher

Mr D. Kowalowski

Advanced Teaching Assistant

Miss  K. Korbecka

Advanced Teaching Assistant

Miss I. Maciorowska 

Mrs M. Saadat                

Advanced Teaching Assistant

Advanced Teaching Assistant

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