Proficiency in English is required for all pupils recorded on roll in the census where BOTH of the following conditions apply:
- Language has been recorded as anything other than ‘English’ or ‘Believed to be English’ in that census
- The actual National Curriculum year group recorded is Reception or above (or the pupil is aged 4 and above as at 31 August 2016 where National Curriculum does not apply)
Department for Education, School Census 2016 to 2017 Guide, Version 1.0, April 2016: 5.3.3 Proficiency in English (All Schools) p62
Where ‘proficiency in English’ is required, it is expected that schools will assess the attainment of their EAL pupils against a five point scale of language proficiency and make a ‘best fit’ judgement as to the proficiency stage that a pupil corresponds
most closely to.
For more information about how to assess pupils with EAL please contact Jasdeep Kaushal (Education Service for New Communities and Travellers) on 01274 439393 or