Claire Evans (Deputy Headteacher) and her EAL team share their experience of implementing FlashAcademy® to make language as accessible as possible for their newly arrived pupils.

Anderton Park Primary is a very ambitious and positive school, surrounded by a fantastic community. Everyone is committed to providing an outstanding education for pupils at the school and the entire community is incredibly passionate about the part they play in promoting equality and inclusion.

“Attainment for pupils with EAL has doubled since using the FlashAcademy® EAL resource – it has been remarkable. It helps that pupils love it. Having their own app makes them feel really special”
Claire Evans, Deputy Head, Anderton Park Primary

In recent years, they have welcomed many new families from Romania, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and other European countries. With such a diverse community, there are 39 different home languages spoken by pupils at the school. Therefore, it is no surprise that Anderton Park Primary is embracing the cultural challenge, and has been making the most of an interactive and engaging EAL curriculum tool to support their pupil’s learning.

“We had an initial taster session to assess how the app worked and what it could do. We were so impressed; we bought 100 licences to support those children who speak little or no English. As it is an interactive, fun app, children practise pronunciation and can play competitively against themselves – they enjoy it so much, they forget they are learning!”

“We were open to adopting different teaching and learning styles, which FlashAcademy® certainly helps us to achieve. We also identified that it was an opportunity for newly arrived children to immediately feel valued as they are able to start learning as soon as they arrive from another country. We know that those who learn English best are those who are fully immersed in the language and so we use FlashAcademy® alongside established classroom methods, including discussions and working in small groups. Our children get the best of both worlds! The fact that it can also be used at home with families is a huge plus factor, so the learning doesn’t stop at home time!”

“Introducing FlashAcademy® as part of the EAL curriculum at Anderton Park Primary has had a significant impact in the classroom, I would certainly recommend it to other schools.”
Claire Evans, Deputy Head, Anderton Park Primary

“We’ve been using it with pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 and they absolutely love it. Having their own app makes them feel special and they can also help their parents learn English at home. Staff love it too, being able to teach English in a different way is great for all types of learners.”