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Language and Community Support
Our aim is to ensure the highest possible achievement for all students, from the full spectrum of communities that we serve. The department reflects a whole-school ethos which values highly the range of skills and experience students bring to us.
The Context of the Department
The school has a diverse profile in terms of ethnicity and language.
• 78% speak a language other than English at home. Within this proportion, the majority are UK born. In terms of English language support, our department caters mainly to the needs of those who have arrived in the UK in the last 2 years, – about 5%
• 48 languages are spoken within the school.
English for Beginners
• delivery of English language support to beginners, in one-to-one reading and curriculum support sessions, as well as support from a teaching assistant in mainstream classes where possible
• bilingual dictionaries* and self-study grammar books given to students on arrival
• one-to-one support with homework at lunchtime and after school
• enrolment in Edexcel ESOL, a Skills for Life option for KS4 students
*For parents of students who are beginners to English: it is worth investing in a good quality electronic bilingual dictionary. As a school, we do provide printed bilingual dictionaries but electronic ones have the advantage of being light weight and translation is quicker
Recommended Websites to Support English Language Learning
• Lexia. An excellent resource for which the school have bought a license. To access from home you need to install on your home computer. Instructions on how to do this can be accessed here . Once you have installed it, you will need the school’s customer code and your daughter’s username and password. Ms Johnston or Ms Logman can give you this information
• www.pearsonlongman.com/cuttingedge/students/homepage This website contains materials which accompany the textbooks used for the ESOL Skills for Life option at KS4. Many of the activities can be used without the textbook, however. A good selection of resources can be found on the following page of the site: www.pearsonlongman.com/uk%2Direland/esol/worksheets/index.html
• http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/ An excellent resource, including animated stories, games and quizzes. For a range of free, printable worksheets, go to the following page of the site: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/worksheets
• http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/ An excellent resource for adults learning English, similar in format to the British council website for kids
• http://www.englishonline.org.uk/course.htm A clear, structured site offering courses for different levels
• http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/beginner/ Excellent for complete beginners
• http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/ Good for print-outs for different levels.
Local Community Organisations offering support for parents, ESOL classes or parenting support
All of the below are locally based organisations offering advice and support to parents:
• www.theparenthouse.co.uk The Parent House offers a free range of courses for parents and a registered crèche is also available to enable parents with young children to attend. Courses include ESOL classes and parenting programmes (‘Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities’).
• www.coram.org.uk Coram offers free support and advice for parents. In particular, Coram works with parents of teenagers exhibiting challenging behaviour, including group work-shops, one-to-one support and telephone helplines.
• http://www.brandon-centre.org.uk/ The Brandon Centre gives free help, advice and counselling to young people aged 12-21. It also delivers free parenting programmes to parents struggling with the behaviour of their teenage children.
ADULT COMMUNITY LEARNING
For general enquiries call Adult and Community Learning (ACL) on 020 7527 5782
Why take one of these courses?
They could help you develop your English or Maths, improve your computer skills, support your child with their homework, gain confidence, prepare for a college course or get a new job.
Who are they for?
The courses are for Islington residents or parents with children in Islington schools. You must be 19 or over, unemployed, or low-waged and receiving benefits.
How to sign up
Go along to your local learning centre during enrolment week where friendly staff will check your skills and advise which course is right for you. You can also contact the venue or go along to the drop-in sessions at your local learning centre to sign up for courses. The staff will discuss any questions or support you may need, such as childcare or access requirements.