Step up English - Is this helpful for EAL pupils

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Tanya Ingram

Jan 3, 2023, 9:06:04 AMJan 3

Hi everyone


Is anyone in Secondary familiar with the ‘ Step up English’ course run by AQA and if is helpful for EAL pupils.


Thanks a lot


Kind regards,


Tanya Ingram, Manager of EAL/EDC Advisory Service – English as an Additional Language / Ethnically Diverse Communities

Norfolk Virtual School for Children in Care and Previously in Care

Children with a Social Worker, EAL/EDC and GRT

Children's Services – Inclusion and Opportunity


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India Jones

Jan 18, 2023, 7:12:38 AMJan 18
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Did anyone have any experience with this?

We have a new starter joining us in Y11 at B level proficiency and wondered if this was any good?


India Jones

Christine Heaton

Jan 19, 2023, 3:49:45 AMJan 19
to India Jones, EAL-Bilingual
HI India

I sent this reply to Tanya...

We have used Step-Up to English with some of our newly arrived Y11 students who are struggling to access the GCSE exam and curriculum. It has not been designed for EAL students and I find it very eurocentric. However, it can provide a more achievable option for those students with less English- the bronze and silver is very much about functional English and the Gold moves more closely to the skills required for the GCSE paper. So, it can offer a graded alternative to sitting the GCSE. We only offer it at my school to those students who are not able to achieve a Grade 1 or above in the GCSE. I think the topics need to be chosen mindfully- as there are papers on 'family' etc. 

We have had students working at B successfully complete the Silver. 

Best Wishes

Christine Heaton

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EAL Coordinator

Blatchington Mill School

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