Funding for newly arrived pupils with English as an additional language
As in previous years, funding is available for teaching assistant support for newly
arrived pupils with EAL. As before, pupils are eligible for the funding if:
- they have not attended a school in the UK before, or have attended a UK
school outside Wokingham Borough for less than one term, or have attended
a Wokingham school for less than one term which has not claimed the
- they speak a first language other than English
- they are in year group F2 or above
During the academic year 2012-13, funding is available for 25 hours TA support per
new arrival. The current rate is £10.32 per hour, which is made up of the hourly rate
of £8.32 plus 24% on costs of £2.00. The school will need to find the person to
provide the support.
In addition to the teaching assistant funding, £30 will be provided per new arrival for
buying dual language resources. This year this funding will be provided to schools
directly from the LA, rather than via a school in each cluster.
The total available for each new arrival is therefore £288.
How to claim the teaching assistant funding and resources funding:
The contact for claiming the funding is now Surinder Dhaliwal:
Tel. 0118 974 6150
Surinder will need to know the child's name, DOB, year group, date of starting in a
UK school, and first language. You will need to confirm that the child meets the
Surinder will then send an email to the school (with lots of useful information about
sources of resources, and guidance documents) with a teaching assistant timesheet
attached. When the completed timesheet is returned to Surinder, the funding for the
TA support hours will be transferred to the school together with £30 funding for
Surinder should be contacted as soon as possible after the pupil starts at the school.
The support can begin before the timesheet is received from the LA.
The completed timesheet should be returned as soon as possible after the support
hours have been delivered and certainly by the end of the term following the term in
which the timesheet was issued.
NB Any timesheets issued during the last academic year must be returned by
the end of this term at the latest.
Flexible use of the funding;
As explained, it is intended that the total funding available per pupil of £288 is spent
25 hours of teaching assistant support = £258
£30 for purchasing resources
However, schools may choose to deliver only 20 hours of TA support, and to use the
funding for the remaining 5 hours (£51.60) to support the newly arrived pupil in other
ways e.g. to pay for an interpreter to support a meeting with parents; to purchase
additional resources; to fund additional TA preparation time; to pay to have
documents translated for parents.
The way in which the funding is used must be indicated on the timesheet.
Other LA support for new arrivals:
Bilingual classroom support:
As in previous years, it may be possible for the pupil to receive some bilingual
support from a Reading University student volunteer. Surinder will contact the
University if you are interested in trying to arrange this.
If the pupil is Polish or Arabic speaking, it may be possible to arrange support for the
pupil from a WBC bilingual teaching assistant. The bilingual TAs support pupils for
half a day a week for a term or longer.
Guidance on supporting new arrivals:
The LA has recently issued to every school two copies of a folder of guidance
materials called ‘New arrivals with English as an additional language – a toolkit for
Primary schools‘. The materials are also available on the Wokingham learning
Peripatetic EAL teachers
Money remaining from the exceptional circumstances grant that the LA received last
year is able to fund the continuation of the posts of the peripatetic EAL teachers
during the Autumn term.
The teachers can support the development of provision for new arrivals through
modelling and coaching for staff how to conduct initial assessments and
provide appropriate support. Contact:
Christina.firstname.lastname@example.org if your school is in Woodley
Kay.email@example.com if your school is in Earley
Frances.firstname.lastname@example.org if your school is not in Earley or Woodley
Support from the Teaching and Learning Adviser for minority ethnic
achievement and EAL
Support that continues to be available from Emily Waddilove:
Termly EAL network meetings for Primary and Secondary teachers and
Half termly training sessions for teachers and TAs. (See the CPD
information on the Wokingham Learning Platform at
Bespoke minority ethnic achievement and EAL support
E.g. in-school training sessions on various aspects of supporting pupils with
EAL; EAL surgeries; support for staff with responsibility for EAL/ minority
Minority ethnic achievement/ EAL area of the Wokingham Learning Platform -
documents, resources and dual language materials in Polish and Arabic for KS1-4.
EAL area of the WBC website - http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/schools/wslc/school-
additional-language/: Guidance documents and resources.
For further information on EAL/ Minority ethnic achievement support contact Emily
Tel 0118 974 6201
Mob 07917 598197