International New Arrivals
At Abingdon Primary School we have a dedicated team of staff who support pupils learning English as an Additional Language (EAL), including those pupils who may have only recently arrived in the country.
Miss Collins is the EAL coordinator in the school and is also an SLE (Specialist Leader of Education) for EAL within the local authority. She is also the class teacher in the INA (International New Arrivals) class. In this class, children’s education focuses on the development of the English language and also on teaching the skills pupils need in order to access mainstream classes. The aim is to fully equip the children as fast as possible so that they can then smoothly integrate into classes with their peers. The INA class is diverse with some children having never had any formal education; others have had some schooling but their experience maybe very different to that in England. The amount of time children stay in the INA class varies dramatically according to the child. Mrs Thomas and Miss Pinkney support Miss Collins.
Language and Learning Hubs
In Abingdon Primary School, as well as the INA class, there are two Language and Learning hubs in which children, who may need a little extra support, are given a bespoke curriculum. Mrs Eastwood teaches the Year 2/3 hub, supported by Miss Nolan, and Mrs Khelifi teaches the Year 4/5 with Mrs Ghafoor to support.
Mrs Bashir is our Parent Support Advisor (PSA). She helps our parents in any way she can!
We constantly strive to celebrate the diversity in our school; there are over 40 languages spoken here! Furthermore, we were proud to be given the very first ‘School of Sanctuary’ status in the whole of the Tees Valley. Everyone is welcome at our school. We do two food collections each year: one during Harvest time, and the other to coincide with Refugee week in June. These donations are given to The Mary Thompson Fund or The Red Cross.
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