Learning Support

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Students with special educational needs and/or disabilities

We welcome applications from students with disabilities. External and internal ramps and lifts in the building ensure that facilities in the building are fully-accessible. Our initial accessibility plan meets the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Our governing body’s policy on special educational needs (SEND) ensures that students with SEND are admitted on an equal basis with others in accordance with the admissions policy, except where admitting the student would be incompatible with the provision of efficient education for other children; and where no reasonable steps may be made to secure compatibility. In deciding whether a student’s inclusion would be incompatible with the efficient education of others, the academy shall have regard to the relevant guidance issued by the secretary of state to maintained schools.

We welcome applications from students with disabilities. External and internal ramps and lifts in the building ensure that facilities in the building are fully-accessible.

English as an additional Language (EAL)

North Liverpool Academy is proud of the diverse culture that is evident around the school. We welcome students from all over the world to come and excel in our inclusive learning environment. Here at NLA we have a dedicated Leader of EAL, Mrs Bailey, whose primary role is to ensure a smooth transition for our EAL students. We are also privileged to have a dedicated EAL teacher, who runs our intensive intervention programme based on individual needs, to enable our students to access their curriculum pathway.

Sometimes, it can be difficult or stressful for a new EAL student starting at a new school. Every student will have an induction day to welcome them to the school, introduce them to staff and meet other students who speak the same language as them. To help students with their English language, we run an immersive programme where students are surrounded by English all the time and this exposure to language really helps their learning.

We also offer an area for our EAL students to come to during lunchtime. This allows students to interact with peers and adults, which will further develop their language skills through conversations but also give them an opportunity to ask questions about their school life and gain support for homework.

If you would like more information on how we can support you or your child in learning English, then please don’t hesitate to contact the school on 0151 920 4044 or e-mail me at [email protected].

Sometimes, it can be difficult or stressful for a new EAL student starting at a new school. Every EAL student will have an induction day to welcome them to the school, introduce them to staff and meet other students who speak the same language as them

Tips for success for an EAL student:

  • Know your own strengths and weakness. Do you want to work on grammar, or speaking fluency or writing skills?
  • Embrace the challenge. Knowing more than one language can be a useful skill in your personal and professional life. Sometimes, it can be challenging…but don’t give up.
  • Keep a vocabulary book full of new words. This can be divided into meaning, word type (is it a noun/verb etc?), example sentence and home language translation
  • Don’t worry about mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, it’s how we learn. It’s better to try and stumble, than keep silent.
  • Don’t rely on Google Translate too much. Online translation can be really useful, but it works better with one or two words, not big chunks of text.
  • Work hard. Like any subject, you will achieve more if you put in more effort.
  • Revise at home. There are lots of websites or mobile apps that let you practice, even when you just have a few minutes to spare.
  • Ask for help. Talk to teachers if you’re having problems.
  • Extra support is available after school at homework club (room 1027) or the Access Centre (G015)
  • Challenge yourself. If you’re happy with your English level, the Sixth Form has opportunities for you to gain even more by working for the IELTS qualification. For more information, speak to Miss Jelfs in G015.
  • Get involved. Join an enrichment activity or a club to meet new people and practice speaking English with more confidence.
  • Enjoy it. Watching a movie with the subtitles in English can help you practice with listening and reading, or listen to a favourite song and try to understand the lyrics. Doing something that you enjoy can make it easier.

More information about the additional learning support available to students can be found here:

North Liverpool Academy Induction Booklet 

Useful websites:

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/
http://www.usingenglish.com/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/
http://livemocha.com/
http://uk.babbel.com/
http://esl.about.com/
http://a4esl.org/
http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/