The Curriculum and Language Access Service (CLAS) is a local authority Ethnic Minority Achievement (EMA) service which works with schools to develop effective provision for minority ethnic and English as an additional language (EAL) learners.
CLAS has the following mission statement:
“The Curriculum and Language Access Service is committed to raising the achievement and expectations of minority ethnic pupils, by working in partnership to ensure equality of opportunity in Education.”
At Prestwich Arts College the service includes:
- Specialist teachers of English as an additional language
- Bilingual language assistants and support workers
- Teachers and tutors of community languages
We work in the school to promote the educational achievement of pupils with EAL, refugees, asylum seekers and ethnic minority pupils at risk of underachieving. However, all groups of children benefit from specialist EAL expertise in the school as teaching strategies are developed to raise attainment in the whole class.
By working with the school, the CLAS staff:
- Work in the classroom in partnership with mainstream teachers;
- Plan with school colleagues to make sure pupils have full access to the curriculum;
- Help to develop a learning culture where having more than one language is valued;
- Evaluate pupil progress regularly to make sure support is given effectively;
- Work to develop partnerships with parents by contacting parents and carers to discuss pupil progress and how parents can get involved;
- Develop resources to use in school and at home
- Support the school in meeting the cultural, language and religious needs of the pupils;
- Support pupils taking GCSEs in community languages.
- Support the school to promote equalities and cohesion.
- Give support in developing teaching and learning approaches which benefit pupils from all language backgrounds;
- Provide training to teachers and associate staff to develop effective EAL practice in schools
Lunchtime clubs. On Wednesdays in Room 16. Pupils can attend to play games, borrow books and be helped with homework.
Community Language GCSEs. If your child is able to read and write in your home language, they may be able to take a GCSE. They need to speak to Mrs Bailey to see if we are able to offer a GCSE in your home language. Pupils have been very successful and some have gone on to take AS and A Levels in their home language.
Three things you can do to help your child if you speak a home language that is not English
- Continue using your home language as much as possible with your child. It is an advantage to be bilingual and children benefit from using more than one language. It is a myth to say that using your home language will stop English developing.
- If your child is still at the early stages of learning English, encourage them to use a dictionary. Look over the work they have done at school and make sure they can understand the basic ideas.
- Encourage your child to read as much as possible and talk to your child about what they have read and what they think about it. Children need to learn to express opinions – it does not matter whether it is in English or your home language. The important factor is that they are learning to express ideas.
The following website provides further information for parents of children who speak English as an additional language.