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 firstname.lastname@example.org.