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Removing barriers and inequalities in attainment and achievement is a priority for any head teacher. By working alongside you and using our specialist knowledge, we can help your school improve educational outcomes for children and young people from Black, Minority Ethnic (BME) and Traveller heritages, including those learning English as an additional language (EAL).

We understand the importance of fostering open and productive relationships between schools, parents, carers, children and young people to remove barriers to learning. Through our specialist resources and support, we provide expert advice, guidance and training to help raise attainment and close the performance gap for children and young people from BME and Traveller groups.

EMTAS is a Rights Respecting Service and through our work in schools with Hampshire’s ethnic minority communities, we champion the rights of every child. For more information about children’s rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), including child-friendly versions of the CRC in various languages, visit Unicef’s website.

We offer

  • Bilingual support for children and young people at point of transfer into a new school in over 20 different languages.

  • Advice and training on meeting needs of children learning English as an additional language.

  • OfSTED guidance, advice and training on closing gaps between the performance of Black, Minority Ethnic, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children, and others.

  • EMTAS specialist teacher advice and support.

  • Parental support and family working which includes family learning, translation of texts, letters and transition work for individual pupils.

  • Guidance on the delivery of the award-winning Hampshire Young Interpreter Scheme ®

  • Resources – loan of books, dictionaries and artefacts.

  • Training for teachers, support staff and governors.

  • Phoneline service for parents and practitioners in a range of different languages.