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English as an Additional Language

Many languages are spoken by the families and staff at Drayton Park. We support and value the language skills of our community.

As part of our inclusive ethos, every effort is made to ensure children with English as an additional language access the full curriculum. We highly value a child’s home language as we believe language skills can be transferred. We make adaptations to our teaching and learning opportunities to make sure that bilingual learners are included and have support in developing high quality spoken and written English.


All teachers are responsible for meeting the language needs of the pupils in their class. Language skills and vocabulary are keys to learning and planning sets out how staff will support children in acquiring these. Additional members of staff are deployed across the school to support children within their classrooms and sometimes to withdraw groups for work on specific language or vocabulary. Some of this group work will be in mother tongue if appropriate.