Arab Today, arab today english language help for minority pupils could face time limit
Last Updated : GMT 03:52:17
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

English language help for minority pupils could face time limit

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today English language help for minority pupils could face time limit

London - Arabstoday

Pupils who speak English as an additional language in England could have their extra language help limited to three to five years. Putting a time limit on such support is one of the options the government is exploring, after a consultation on school funding. One in six pupils in England\'s state primary schools speaks English as an additional language. The government says no decisions have yet been made. It says it is \"well aware\" of the need for children to learn English but that most achieve this long before they are 16. The proportion of pupils in England with English as an Additional Language (EAL) increased from 16% in January 2010 to 16.8% in January 2011, according to the school census. In April 2011, an Ethnic Minority Achievement grant given to schools to help them provide English language lessons was merged into the overall school budget, rather than remaining an individual grant for specific purposes, as were other grants. And in a consultation document published last summer, one of the questions asked was whether funding for English as an Additional Language should be limited to between three and five years up the age of 16. \'Distinctive needs\' The National Association for Language Development in the curriculum (Naldic) is worried that funding for these pupils is no longer ring-fenced. Frank Monaghan, the vice chair of Naldic, wants the government to provide EAL funding for a minimum of five to seven years. \"What we know is that students who have English as an additional language have very distinctive needs,\" he said. Bilingual primary school children in Slough Slough pupils Tayiba and Hassam, aged five, speak Urdu, while Alaap, also aged five, speaks Gujarati \"They need to be dealt with by people who are experts in language and second language development. If they don\'t get that, they are unlikely to make the kind of progress that we would want them to make, and they are able to make.\" At present there is no specific cut-off point for EAL funding. Some pupils need extra help for a number of weeks, while others need support for a few years. Mr Monaghan says schools and Naldic have seen the benefits of these lessons. \"It is a great worry for the gains that have been made, and we have seen the gap in attainment, particularly amongst Asian groups, narrowing,\" he said. \"The Bangladeshi group, which was once under-performing, has been catching up where we have had the targeted interventions.\" At the moment the government is talking about narrowing the gap, and it is looking at severe deprivation. But language is narrowing the gap” End Quote Charlie McGeachie Head Teacher, Montem Primary School, Slough Diversity challenge The number of ethnic minority children in schools in England has increased by 57% over the past decade. In Slough, 56% of primary school children have a first language that is not English. At Montem Primary School, an estimated 70% of pupils are bilingual. Many children speak Urdu, Punjabi, Romanian, Polish, Albanian and Gujarati. Head teacher Charlie McGeachie says that the challenge is to make sure that children understand English. \"For many of them, English will be a second language. Therefore that is our primary cause, when we do the curriculum, we have to make sure we are set up to support language development,\" he said. \"A school\'s job is to make sure that every child is given a catch up. At the moment the government is talking about narrowing the gap, and it is looking at severe deprivation. But language is narrowing the gap.\" At this school 96% of pupils are from ethnic minority backgrounds. Shafi Ahmed works as an Ethnic Minority Achievement teacher for years 3 and 4 (seven to nine-year-olds). \"It is very important for people to have their mother language as well as English,\" she said. \"We don\'t say to parents \'Don\'t speak the language to them at home\', because they need the language and English. We work in their home language which is very important for their identity,\" she said. A Department for Education spokeswoman said: \"In the consultation published in July we included a number of options for future handling of English as an Additional Language. We are considering the responses to the consultation and have not reached any conclusions. \"We are very much aware of the need for support for children who do not speak English fluently, but we are also aware that many children who speak another language at home come to be fluent in English well before the end of 11 years in school, so that it is not necessary to continue additional support at that stage.\" She added that children joining a school with English as a second language at any age up to 16 would be eligible for such support under the proposals.  

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today english language help for minority pupils could face time limit Arab Today, arab today english language help for minority pupils could face time limit

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Fadi explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook

GMT 18:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Fadi explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook
Arab Today, arab today Tourist guide explains types of tourism

GMT 18:28 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Tourist guide explains types of tourism
Arab Today, arab today Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures
Arab Today, arab today Iran complying with nuclear deal

GMT 07:14 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Iran complying with nuclear deal
Arab Today, arab today Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars

GMT 03:52 2017 Sunday ,26 February

Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars
View News in Arabic - Education: كتب ومراجع وأبحاث
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Reading therapy relieves mental disorders

GMT 15:39 2017 Friday ,24 February

Reading therapy relieves mental disorders
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Penguins in the age of dinos

GMT 11:44 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Penguins in the age of dinos
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today 'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union

GMT 08:54 2017 Saturday ,25 February

'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Actress Lobna Abdel Aziz proud of her career

GMT 06:08 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Actress Lobna Abdel Aziz proud of her career
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 07:36 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Wafaa Amer is happy for Sherihan’s return

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 22:42 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Nasima Gamei revives heritage in jewelries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection

GMT 10:20 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Brazil's top diplomat resigns

GMT 11:54 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Saudis await visitors but will they come?

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 20:02 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Nohan Seyam designs beautiful accessories
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday