Hi all! I'm an NQT and I'm really struggling with one EAL student in my year 7 class. There are a few EAL learners in the group who all seem to cope quite well, but one of them appears to have very little English at all. She doesn't complete any work in class, and often gets upset when I or others try to help her with it. Speaking to her head of year, he seems to think that her English is better that she lets on and she actually just doesn't want to do anything. This is obviously really frustrating if this is the case, but I'm not convinced that it is! As part of our SoL the class are writing scripts in groups, but she has completely excluded herself, even though I put her in a group with kids who speak the same language in the hope they might encourage her. Today I gave in a bit and gave her some different work to do- basic English work which I thought she might be able to do and might increase her vocabulary and confidence a bit. She looked at it and told me 'no thanks' first of all, and after I'd told her she needed to do something, she took it but then just stared at it for the rest of the lesson. The data from KS2 says she has a 'developing competence' in English, which seems to suggest that she can speak more than she does- certainly in my lessons- but I am concerned that she really can't cope. I feel really bad, and like I'm excluding her now, but there doesn't seem to be any support or suggestion of what I can do for her, and at the end of the day the other 29 students all need to work too! If anyone has any suggestions I'd be eternally grateful! Thank you!