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Updated 23 September 2021

Supporting school and learners

In order to ensure equality of opportunity for all children, it is important to support those who are new arrivals to the UK learning English as an Additional Language (EAL), asylum seeking/refugee (ASR) pupils, and more advanced bilingual learners in schools. The Ethnic Minority Achievement Team (EMAT) offer specialist support in this area based on research based knowledge and experience of what works best. We offer the following services to schools.

Experienced EMAT Teaching and Learning Assistants working with pupils for half day per week for 38 weeks (0.1FTE) or flexible option packages. This support is focused on supporting English language learning and enhanced progress (we recommend that schools use national New Arrivals funding to purchase this service).

  • Annual packages (based on 38 weeks/0.1FTE) - £3,096
  • Short term 20 week support packages - £1,640

Training for teachers/governors focused on Supporting EAL Pupils in the Classroom and/or Ensuring Racial Equality in School.

  • 1.5 hr session - £130
  • Half day workshop - £200

Advice for headteachers and/or EAL leaders can also be arranged to support strategic leadership in school.

Reporting raciest incidents

We know that racist incidents happen in schools and in Plymouth we encourage schools and academies to respond to, record and report these incidents so that we can both monitor what is happening across the city, and so that we can provide advice and support where needed. Reporting racist incidents does not necessarily signal a problem in a school, rather, it highlights an active commitment to ensuring racial equality and responding to incidents in a way which positively transforms attitudes.

Children and young people learn best in an environment where they feel safe and respected, and young people tell us that living with racism significantly undermines their self-esteem and impacts on their learning. That is why in Plymouth we have a commitment to tackling discrimination and prejudice, and work closely with local partners to achieve this goal.

Racist incident monitoring forms are sent to schools three times annually: two weeks prior to the end of each long school term (autumn, spring and summer) and we request information returned by the end of term. We will contact school leaders if we think that a school might benefit from staff training or advice, and of course, schools can access that support at any time (see above).

The Local Authority also respond to racist incident complaints made by parents or members of the community, and will support school leaders in dealing with these concerns if necessary.

For all EMA Team information and bookings please contact Lucinda.ross@plymouth.gov.uk

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