The English as an Additional Language New Arrivals Program (NAP) provides initial, on-arrival intensive English language instruction for newly arrived students at the beginning and emerging levels of English language proficiency. Support is provided to students in primary schools, high schools and intensive English centres in order to develop their English language skills so they are able to participate in learning with their peers in regular classes.
The resource provides:
- intensive English support through Intensive English Centres (IECs) and the Intensive English High School (IEHS) to Year 6 and high school aged new arrivals in metropolitan Sydney or Wollongong
- an EAL/D teaching allocation for the provision of initial intensive English tuition for eligible students at primary schools and non-metropolitan secondary schools
- bilingual support for recently arrived refugee students in eligible schools.
In addition, primary schools and non-metropolitan secondary schools with eligible, newly arrived students can submit an application for New Arrivals Program teaching support available on the multicultural education website.
Year 6 and high school aged new arrivals in metropolitan Sydney or Wollongong should be referred to their local Intensive English Centre (IEC) or the Intensive English High School (IEHS) for assessment and possible enrolment.
Primary schools and non-metropolitan secondary schools with eligible, newly arrived students must submit an application for New Arrivals Program teaching support.
Eligible students are those who:
- speak a language other than English as their first language
- are in need of intensive English tuition because they are at the beginning or emerging phase of English language proficiency
- are newly arrived in Australia, enrolling in school within six months of arrival in Australia or, for Kindergarten students, within 18 months of their arrival
- are enrolling in an Australian school for the first time, or transferring within 6 months
- are Australian citizens returning from two years or more overseas, permanent or temporary residents (conditions apply).
Schools with four or more recently arrived refugee students may attract a bilingual support allocation, filled by a School Learning Support Officer (Ethnic).
All schools have a school plan in which they must show the school community how they propose to use the funds to support students. Accountability for the effective use of the funds to improve student learning occurs through the annual report.