Academic Support

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Programme offers Non-native English language pupils, with little or no English, the opportunity to study in a British school and fully integrate into British school life. The programme is designed to allow students to work at their own pace of language development in a safe and supportive environment, where they receive a mixture of both academic and pastoral support. This help enables them to access the curriculum and join mainstream classes once they have sufficient classroom language and have gained confidence. It is a bespoke education, catering to each child’s individual needs.


  • to teach all aspects of the English language
  • to provide subject-specific support in all areas
  • to help students learn to work independently in a mainstream classroom
  • to support staff to have best practice with EAL learners
  • to create a secure and supportive learning environment for international students where they can acclimatise to British school life and develop their English language skills.

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Pupils’ experiences and baselines vary greatly. At Harrow Shanghai we want all pupils to make best progress through identifying ability and potential, celebrating high attainment.

In order to support learning for all pupils at Harrow, we have adopted the term ‘Special Educational Needs (SEN) support’ to cater for the wide spectrum of need and support along a continuum. This continuum includes those pupils who demonstrate high ability across the whole curriculum or in any particular area of learning, not only academic.

We recognize that a pupil has a special need when:

  • There is a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of pupils of the same age
  • There is a difficulty (either physical or emotional) which either prevents or hinders a pupil from making use of the whole range of the educational facilities and opportunities provided by the school
  • There is evidence of high ability in specific fields, academic and/or non-academic, and there is a need for services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities. 

Effective support for a pupil with additional needs relies upon the close and successful collaboration between home and school. Working in partnership with parents facilitates the pupil to achieve the best possible outcomes.