Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School

EAL Support

Our EAL children are supported primarily by quality first teaching within their classes. After a settling in period they receive additional support from  Teaching Assistants within school. This provision is dependent upon need and its main focus is upon developing pupil’s oracy and understanding.  Once they have gained confidence; this time is used to develop their speaking and listening skills, writing, including grammar, punctuation and spelling and further development of reading skills according to their particular needs.

We also buy in additional support from EMTAS. A specialist teacher spends one day a week in school supporting our EAL children and their families.  Children are grouped according to their needs in order to further develop and enhance oracy and the written word. 

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2018-2019 EAL Support


Congratulations to all of our children who took an English Speaking Board Examination last term!

They all passed with flying colours and were a credit to their school and their families.

On Monday evening, they attended an awards ceremony at Toxteth Annexe with their families, where they received their certificates. Well done!

This year the children will continue to be supported by Mrs Jackson from EMTAS. This service is based at Toxteth Annexe.

2017-2018 EAL Support

This year, Mrs Jackson will continue to work with groups of our children from across the school.

There is also a parents group which also runs on Wednesdays from 9.00 am until approximately 9.45 am. All parents of EAL children are invited to come along! This course will only run until Christmas 2017 this year.

English Speaking Board (ESB)  News!

Our children who sat the English Speaking Board examinations in July were most successful! We had a 100% pass rate! The children were delighted to hear their good news.

In September we were invited to an awards ceremony at Liverpool Town Hall hosted by EMTAS.

During the evening our school was accredited as being a School of Sanctuary and our children who are learning English as an additional language were all given their English Speaking Board Certificates.

A huge CONGRATULATIONS, to everyone! Many of the children attended with their families and had photographs taken with our Liverpool Lord Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy.

Below are a selection of the photographs taken during the evening. If you were there and have a photograph for this page, please forward it to school!

During the evening Levi Tafari performed a few of his poems. The children all enjoyed the evening very much.

We look forward to Levi visiting our school next month. He will be working with our year 6 children writing poems about equality and diversity; how we welcome others when they join our school and parish  community…

“One Family, Living and Learning together in Faith.”


This term the children have been working really hard learning new vocabulary and applying new skills within their lessons.

A group of children have already shown interest in accessing the English Speaking Board Examination in the Summer Term. They are currently researching their topics in school and at home! Good Luck!


2016-2017 EAL Support

A language session for our EAL parents is also run by a member of the EMTAS team, Mrs Jackson; from 9.00-10.00am every Wednesday. Do try to come along!

Mrs Jackson continues to work very hard with our EAL pupils across school. We were very lucky to receive additional support in the Autumn Term from EMTAS, who were able to support our Key Stage 1 children.

A very successful language session for our parents is held every Wednesday from 9.00am until 10.30am. Why don’t you come along and join in if you are new to learning English or need some advice or support? We have plenty of room and provide a very warm welcome and can always point you in the right direction for further guidance! 

After half term a group of pupils will be entered for their English Speaking Board Examination to be taken in the Summer Term. We wish them much success!


They are already preparing for their English Speaking Board examinations in June!

Good Luck!

The children were all very nervous before their examinations. they prepared their topics really well and produced a range of props to help them deliver their topic of choice including:

  • Apple
  • Gymnastics
  • Food from the Phillipines
  • The Solar System
  • Liverpool my new home…

Once their presentations were over they all relaxed and enjoyed having their photograph with their examiner!

She was delighted with the very high quality presentations which were delivered and warmly congratulated the children on their achievements!

Well Done Everyone!


EAL Support 2015-2016


Councillor Nick Small, visited our Parent’s EAL Group earlier this term. He was very impressed with the partnerships that have been made between home, school and EMTAS in supporitng our EAL families.

A language session for our EAL parents is also run by a member of the EMTAS team; from 9.00-10.00am every Wednesday. This partnership has been very successful and beneficial to both our children and their families. All families are always very welcome and are warmly received. Why don’t you come along?

English Speaking Board Success!

Last Summer a group of children took their English Speaking Board  Examination, (ESB).

They were all excellent and were very successful in passing their ESB Entry Level exam! Over a number of weeks they researched a topic of their choice and on their examination day presented their topic through an oral presentation. Some children provided visuals to support them, which they had made at home.

Presentations included topics such as:

  • Lego
  • Bulgarian Culture
  • Cars
  • The history of dance
  • Hamsters.

The examiners were extremely impressed with the high quality of their presentations and their oracy. They received their certificates in our Prize Giving Celebration Assembly.

Thank you to Miss Gilchrist and Mrs Jackson who supported and guided the children in this new initiative.

This year the children will be working towards their next level of exam which will include a group presentation.




Congratulations! you were all fantastic!

EMTAS Support

We will continue to receive support from Mrs Jackson this year. She will work with groups of children across Key Stage 2. We look forward to working in partnership with her again this year.



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