Hello all, I'm fairly new here. Read lots, post little I have a new student in my Y7 class. He's new to the country from Sri Lanka and speaks very very little English. It's set 4 out of 10. So far he seems very able, doing fantastically. He had an LSA with him for the first few lessons and has been paired with a lovely student. We were covering fractions and he was able to keep up independently, all questions right, getting through as much work as anyone else in the class. The LSA and myself agreed that he doesn't need support in Maths, but obviously I'm to monitor the situation. We've moved onto percentage and he is keeping up, even putting his hand and answering questions a few times. He told me he didn't understand at one point and I explained, writing down the maths, and he got it. He is very polite though and the school noted that he will smile and nod even if he doesn't understand - but this doesn't seem to be a problem yet. I'm an NQT and although I've had a lot of experience with SEN, EAL is new to me. I was wondering if anyone had any tips or good ideas for helping him. He seems to be very able in maths, but we're not sure how much English he understands so I'm making sure to write very very clear examples and have people copy them, instead of relying more on talking through (Obviously I've always given examples, but copying's usually unnesesary for this class). I was considering giving him a mini-whiteboard so if I need to explain more I can write on that instead of jotting things in his book. As I said he is doing very well so far, but any pointers or things to consider would be very well recieved. To pre-emt any critisism of my spelling, I am dyslexic and my checking software seems incompatible with this forum, unfortunately.