Our school is committed to supporting, developing and promoting equality, inclusion and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We embrace a fully inclusive culture and ethos, free from discrimination and based upon Christian values of dignity, courtesy and respect. Under the leadership of our Newcomer Co-ordinator, Lurgan JHS has embraced newcomer pupils and has provided a caring and welcoming learning space for them to gain confidence and competence as well as assisting in the acquisition of language to enable and empower them to succeed in their studies.
Our Newcomer Pupils
In Lurgan Junior High School, over 100 pupils speak English as an additional language. We celebrate the variety of cultures and languages represented in our school.
Our pupils can speak:
How our Newcomer Pupils are Supported in LJHS?
Pupils are assessed using the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and are given individual targets to help pupils understand how they can progress in their language acquisition.
Pupils are then given individual targets, which all their teachers will help them work towards.
Pupils are also supported through:
Withdrawal classes (Extra English)
iPads and bilingual dictionaries
A quiet ‘drop in’ space
A variety of English language resources from Pre-A1 – B1 level
Withdrawal Classes (Extra English)
Pupils that have recently moved to Northern Ireland or need some extra help with your English, are supported by Mrs Pogue and Mrs McCorry.
These pupils will have Extra English classes scheduled into their timetable. They will be placed in a group with 4-6 other pupils who are working at a similar level. During these classes, Mrs Pogue and Mrs McCorry help pupils develop their reading, writing, talking and listening skills. They also assist pupils with subject-specific work to aid their understanding of the topics covered in their classes.
“Extra English has helped me build confidence, so I am able to speak in class and complete my work by myself.”
“It is difficult to adapt into a different culture and language. However, having ‘quiet’ break has allowed me to spend time with my closest friends who are going through the same experience.”
“I have enjoyed improving my English and learning more words so that I can use them in my classwork and in my conversations with friends.”
Please click the link below to access free resources to aid your child’s English language acquisition.