Supporting EAL/D students

Learning English is essential for success at school and for further education, training and employment. Schools are required to provide support for students learning English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) so that they can fully participate in schooling and reach their full potential. This includes intensive English language support for newly arrived students and ongoing support for continuing EALD students.

Principals are required to:

  • include EAL/D student support operations as an integral part of the school plan including professional learning, allocation of resources and regular evaluation
  • ensure that the school meets its EAL/D student support accountability and reporting requirements including the completion of the school's EAL/D Annual Survey and EAL/D New Arrivals surveys
  • allocate responsibilities for the management of EAL/D student support, including coordination, professional supervision and policy and planning
  • ensure, as far as possible, that EAL/D teaching positions are filled by teachers with appropriate EAL/D teacher qualifications
  • ensure that all teachers are able to cater for the needs of EAL/D students through the delivery of differentiated curriculum across all subjects
  • establish and maintain procedures for the enrolment and appropriate class placement of newly arrived EAL/D students
  • ensure the collection and maintenance of accurate EAL/D student data
  • ensure that the English language proficiency of EAL/D students is assessed, and updated regularly, using the EAL/D Learning Progression and recorded in ERN
  • ensure procedures are in place for the identification, assessment, tracking and reporting on EAL/D students, including students requiring targeted support such as refugee and newly arrived students
  • ensure the development and implementation of effective modes of EAL/D program delivery and teaching practices responding to the school's EAL/D need.
  • report through the Annual School Report on how the English language proficiency loading and targeted (individual student) funding has been used to support EALD, newly arrived and refugee students.
This information is from the Multicultural Education Policy and the English as an Additional Language or Dialect – Advice for Schools policy support document. Principals should read the whole policy and support document.

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