The pupils are then screened again with the WellComm toolkit towards the end of the academic year, to formalise the evidence of the progress they have made. We feel that this approach has been very successful and effective, which gives us confidence that we are being efficient and thorough and can provide our pupils with interesting tasks.
Our EAL department uses both the WellComm Early Years and WellComm Primary toolkits to screen EAL pupils who are new to English, as well as those who are multilingual and not fulfilling their potential, to further identify specific age-related needs for language development before embarking on the EAL curriculum.
In some cases, we have been able to identify language issues and delays in non-EAL pupils, too. When we administered the WellComm toolkit with the pupils in our Pre-Prep, the results drew our teachers’ attention to the need to develop the pupils’ knowledge of idioms, as well as a more advanced vocabulary for describing their feelings.
WellComm Primary is an excellent tool for getting an overall picture of how a pupil uses, understands, and manipulates language. It helps us design their EAL curriculum more effectively, tailoring it to each individual pupil’s needs by being able to address the areas that are the basis of age-related expectations.
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