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Benefit from EAL teaching through the Learning Village
The Local Authority came in to observe the whole school and interview staff on their subject lead. I had a 30-minute observation, with the Local Authority watching my EAL lesson with my 12 Year 2 children, then a 30-minute interview with an EAL expert….I then had my feedback and was told that the lesson was outstanding. They said they hadn’t seen anything like this in the schools that they had been into!....they said that EAL was now a massive strength of the school! So I would just like to say thank you so much to yourself for all your help and guidance that you have given me to get to where I am today.
I like the practice activities and love the Village and map. Exactly right for middle school.
In our school we have implemented many different models for the learning in different areas, i.e. reading, maths, writing, spelling etc. We find that with the Learning Village, everything is incorporated within one place. Children will benefit from less login details to remember. I find many areas of the resources available will be of excellent use to myself and my students to enhance their learning.
An excellent resource, so many different tools that are practical and easy to use.
"We are very keen to have access to The Learning Village again and I previously used it with a number of pupils especially those newly arrived to the UK and they found it engaging and motivating. I saw them make excellent progress as it allowed them to access structured learning pathways both at home and in school. I have also used it for whole class teaching. I have attended training sessions on how to use the learning village and I am fully aware of how to access the resources and use it for individual learning and whole class teaching."
"Thank you so much for your email and thank you so much for so amazing news. I am very happy to hear about the grant and opportunity which Bedford Borough Council gives to our students and my EAL office. Once again, thank you so much."
I heard yesterday from one of the Bedford schools using the Learning Village. One of their staff was at an OFSTED reading/phonics session we were running. They were saying how keen their children were to use the resource, how it really helped as it was very visual and the very positive progress pupils are making as a result of using Learning Village.
Tudor Primary use the Learning Village to support early, short-term interventions: "Early, short-term interventions for pupils new to learning English draw upon rich resources and strategies which immerse pupils in the language from the time they join the school." OFSTED Inspection report: Tudor Primary School, 6–7 March 2018 (case study to follow)
I have been using the new Plant and Animal Cells lesson with my Science Intervention groups and it’s great. It’s challenging but since we have already done the basic differences between the cells the lesson consolidates the students’ knowledge and works as an extension. Thank You!
I just wanted to say what a great time we are having with the Learning Village! It is such a fabulous resource!
The Learning Village has provided our school with a very practical, individualised learning tool for EAL students, with a clear curriculum, structure and pedagogy. This allows both more and less experienced staff to effectively support students’ language development. There is a wealth of materials and resources available, as well as plenty of support and training to help optimise our use of the tool.
As a school, we are proud to be part of Learning Village and have seen the improvements the students are making in their EAL learning. We would recommend every school to be part of Learning Village as it is an essential tool that offers valuable resources not only for EAL learners but for all.
I'm loving the Learning Village - it is a fantastic resource and I keep finding new things too! My learners are so motivated by it and like the messaging facility.
You're revolutionising my classroom and allowing me to make significant changes / improvements to the lives of these children.
I understand the Village a lot more and how to link it to the curriculum.
This course will fill a gap in the provision we are able to provide to EAL learners at an early stage of English acquisition.
Fantastic resources to support children within the classroom and teacher planning.
The Learning Village is great. The children absolutely love it and I have to say I’ve been enjoying and learning as I go along. We had a Teaching and Learning Review at our school the other day and I used the Learning Village to demonstrate how we support our EAL pupils. [The consultants] seemed very impressed and actually spoke to the Local Authority Advisor about how well the Learning Village was being used at our school.
Our pupils have really benefited from their work on the Learning Village! Well done children, keep up the great work!
The Learning Village materials are of an excellent quality with clear language progression. The programme works very well as a teaching tool.
I really liked the sentence activities, it really stretched my students and I saw a marked improvement. Overall I love the concept of the Learning Village- making friends highly motivated my students and they loved exploring the village. The graphics are wonderful.
A student arriving from overseas being 18 years old and having limited oral skills and no reading or writing. He really felt pleased being able to use the Learning Village for self-study, without feeling conscious in front of the others in the class.
The Learning Village has proved to be a good intervention programme for our EAL children and SEN. The children are very enthusiastic about using it, and are becoming more independent. We use it as an intervention throughout assembly in the morning and in some afternoons, when some of the learning is irrelevant to them and they would benefit from that more. It is clear that the children are making progress...
I see the children relaxed and happy when they are on the Learning Village. I can see that they are proud of their progress and feel a sense of achievement which they can share with others. I think that there are a lot of good EAL ‘games’ available but this is a comprehensive programme that can be integrated into any curriculum.
A really fantastic resource. We can't wait to start using it with our pupils.
It is a delight to see a resource that has grown out of good practice in schools.
Thank you so much for this inspiring workshop. I was enthusiastic about it when first trying it but even more so after today!