FAQs - Full opening guidance for schools

Updated 7 November 2020

The EMA Team continue to support children learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) and asylum seeker/refugee (ASR) children in schools. We are here to support you and work alongside you. However, throughout the Autumn term, in line with government guidance, we will continue to provide support on a virtual basis to ensure safety of both children and adults. This will be reviewed and risk assessed school by school after Christmas. Schools that have purchased support packages will continue to receive one half day per week, delivered by a regular EMA Team TLA, via virtual sessions, with learning materials prepared and delivered to school  in advance. Each school is contacted directly to ensure arrangements are in place and meet children's needs.

Schools wishing to book new support packages can continue to do so, and we also provide virtual staff training sessions on Supporting EAL Learners, Challenging Racist Incidents and Decolonising the Curriculum.

The EMA Team continue to monitor/advise and provide support related to dealing with racist incidents. At the request of young people in the city, we are working with post-16 students on a working group exploring ways in which schools might effectively decolonise the curriculum - any schools wishing to participate should contact Lucinda Ross as set out below.

Full details of EMA Team support packages can be found in the Services for School Directory. For further information and advice email: Lucinda.ross@plymouth.gov.uk

If you have any questions or feedback about these pages please email childrensservicesresponse@plymouth.gov.uk

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