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Ethnic minority achievement (EMA)

EMTAS (Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service) has a small team of:

  • Ethnic Minority Achievement (EMA) Advisory Teachers
  • Bilingual EMA Liaison Officers (Bengali, Portuguese)
  • Volunteer EMA support (Polish, Russian, Lithuanian)

The team work with schools to support bilingual and BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) children and young people. 

The main aim of the team is to work with school staff to develop the skills and knowledge they need to unlock the potential of their pupils. 

EMA Advisory Teachers can:

  • Support schools to find relevant resources to help the learning of BAME and bilingual children and young people. 
  • Deliver training to school staff e.g. supporting newly arrived pupils, how to support EAL (English as an additional language) learners.
  • Assist the school in providing an assessment in their first language in order to build a more complete picture of the needs of a bilingual child or young person. 
  • Signpost to other agencies working with BAME and bilingual children and young people. 
  • May be involved in the early stages of identifying additional needs, so that a child will receive the appropriate support and guidance, according to their needs. 

Our EMA Liaison Officers can:

  • Support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. This might involve a home visit or a meeting at school where the family’s points of views, their questions and concerns can be expressed. 
  • Support with explaining how the education system works, particularly for pupils with additional needs.  The Liaison Officer can help to raise some of those questions and also to help the school to understand the family’s needs and wishes. 
  • Help schools and families to develop strong links. For example; school activities, uniform, school meals, clubs. This may be via phone calls and emails.
  • Support at parent’s consultation meetings, Annual Review meetings and any other meetings to discuss pupil progress.
  • Deliver planned projects to schools to support EAL pupils’ learning.

EMTAS also sends out a termly newsletter to all West Sussex schools.  This includes links to current research and resources, as well as team updates and news on forthcoming events.

Last updated 15 October 2020

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