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The British School in The Netherlands

English As An Additional Language (EAL)

With around 80 nationalities making up our school community, our classes are rich with multi-cultural diversity. We celebrate this diversity at the same time as realising that some students will need extra support with their English language when they join us.

Many of our pupils already speak enough English to access our curriculum, but for those who cannot, we provide support both within the mainstream classroom and in separate specialist classes as necessary. Our staff are extremely experienced in welcoming children and parents from all around the world for whom English is not their mother tongue. We deal with children of all levels, from those who do not speak or understand a word, to those who simply need a little extra support with spelling or grammar. We are very practised in assessing children coming from different educational backgrounds and systems and being aware of how that can initially impact on their learning in the classroom.

An individual approach

We appreciate that moving to a new country can be a difficult time for parents and children alike, and the challenge of learning a new language can cause extra concerns. We are here to listen to those concerns and to help you and your child settle into school as quickly and smoothly as possible. That process starts from the very first time you contact the Admissions Department. We treat all children as individuals and work hard to ensure that we fully understand the specific situation and needs of all our students.

English as an Additional Language Information