Best practice in the reading and writing of pupils aged 7 to 14 ... - Estyn

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Best practice in the reading and writing of pupils aged 7 to 14 ... - Estyn

Best practice in the reading and writing of pupils aged 7 to 14 yearsApril 200899 In a small minority of schools, staff cannot make the best provision for pupils withEAL, because pupils’ language needs are not assessed immediately they arrive inschool. This information is important to help the school to identify each pupil’s stageof language acquisition and the kind of work needed to develop their Welsh andEnglish skills further.100 In the most effective lessons, schools make certain that:• pupils use talk to develop their ideas orally in response to what they read;• there is an emphasis on helping pupils to rehearse and organise their ideasbefore writing;• there is close monitoring of pupils’ progress in developing fluent, accurate andconfident language skills; and• learning support assistants and peer ‘buddies’ provide additional individualsupport for individuals and groups in reading and writing.101 Case study 13 provides an example of effective literacy support for pupils for whomEnglish is an additional language.25

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