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  • Writer's pictureNatasha at Jacari

Gold standard EAL provision in Bristol

We’re so proud of our partner school, Barton Hill Academy in Bristol for being awarded The EAL Academy Gold EAL Quality Mark. Jacari has been working in partnership with Barton Hill Academy since 2016 providing free one-to-one tuition to their pupils who use English as an additional language. This inclusive primary school is the first in Bristol to be recognised with a Gold award.

The EAL Academy are school improvement specialists and leaders in the fields of academic literacy, ethnic minority achievement and English as an additional language. Their EAL Quality Mark is an award made to schools on their achievements in meeting the needs of pupils learning English as an additional language.

Barton Hill is located in Lawrence Hill, Bristol, an area with high levels of deprivation and child poverty. Almost 40% of pupils at Barton Hill Academy receive Free School Meals. 85% of the children at the school use EAL.

Some of the reasons why they were awarded the Gold EAL Quality Mark include strategic senior and EAL leadership, inclusive quality first teaching, effective use of Teaching Assistants and active collaborations with parents, governors and the wider community.

EAL provision at Barton Hill is overseen by Katy Isaac, a highly experienced EAL expert who runs specialist EAL interventions and manages a team of EAL teaching assistants to support access to the curriculum, attends Pupil Progress meetings and coaches teachers to develop their own EAL expertise. Jacari’s Coordinators liaise closely with Katy to identify pupils in need of tuition and highlight their learning needs.

The EAL Academy found in conversations with staff, parents and governors that the two golden threads running through the school’s approach – firstly that multilingualism is an asset to be flagged up and celebrated, and secondly that language development linked to curriculum work (with a heavy emphasis on oracy) - are key to academic success. They said that the children at Barton Hill “feel safe, ready to learn and are respectful” (the school’s Golden Rules) and aspire to be “doctors, artists, Islamic teachers”.

The extra support provided by Jacari volunteers who tutor Barton Hill Academy pupils outside of school, building both their language skills and confidence, is also a contributing factor to the school’s EAL success.

From everyone at Jacari, we wanted to congratulate Barton Hill Academy on this amazing achievement!

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