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A “Newcomer pupil” is a pupil who speaks a different language than their teacher and who needs extra help to understand the language used in their school.

The Department of Education is responsible for the Supporting Newcomer Pupils policy, which is our way of trying to make sure that Newcomer pupils get the support and help they need to do really well at school.

These questions are asking for your ideas about how we can make sure that Newcomer pupils are really well supported in school.

Please answer as many questions as you can.  You are free to skip any questions that you don’t want to answer.

We will use your answers to these questions to make sure that we are doing our best to support Newcomer pupils in our schools.

If you have any questions about what we are doing you can call 028 9127 9926 and speak to Alan Boyd, or email NewcomerConsultation@education-ni.gov.uk

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* 1. Please enter your name

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* 2. If you are responding on behalf of an organisation, please enter the name of the organisation

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* 3. If you want to, you can tell us in the box below why you are interested in this consultation. For example, you might like to tell us that you are a pupil, a parent, a teacher, or explain your interest for any other reason.

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* 4. What can we do to make sure that schools give Newcomer pupils the right support to do well?

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* 5. What sort of things do schools need extra help with to make sure they are really helping Newcomer pupils?

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* 6. Some schools are really good at helping Newcomer pupils. How can we make sure that these schools are sharing their good ideas with other schools?

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* 7. Are Newcomer pupils able to maintain their own language(s) at school? What are the things that make it difficult for Newcomer pupils to keep learning their own language(s) at school?

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* 8. The Department of Education gives schools extra money to help them support Newcomer pupils. Schools don’t have to explain what they spend this money on. Is this a good idea or should schools be asked to report on how they spend this extra money?

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* 9. Schools currently get the same amount of money for supporting each Newcomer pupil. This is around £1,000 per pupil. Should schools get different amounts of money for pupils in primary school and post-primary school? Should schools get more money for supporting pupils who have been out of school for a long time or who have never been to school before?

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* 10. Schools get extra money for each Newcomer pupil. Some schools have a lot of Newcomer pupils and some schools only have one or two. Should there be a limit on the amount of extra money a school can get to help them support Newcomer pupils (this might affect schools with a lot of Newcomer pupils and might mean they get less money)? Should there be a minimum amount of extra money that a school can receive (this could be a good thing for schools with only a few Newcomer pupils)?

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* 11. Schools get extra money for Newcomer pupils for three years and then they can keep getting extra money if they can show that a pupil still needs help and support. How many years do you think schools should get extra money for, to help support Newcomer pupils? Do you think there should be a limit on the number of years or should it be until the pupil doesn’t need help anymore? How could schools show that each pupil still needs help and support?

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* 12. Do you have anything else you would like to say?

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