EMTAS – Exemplary Provision, Ofsted Report Inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers, April 2014

The specific paragraph in the report that refers to EMTAS is on page 13, paragraph 43 and states:

“The Ethnic Minorities and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) is exemplary provision, working on a wide range of projects to improve the life chances of children from diverse minority ethnic groups. The key strength of this service lies in its ability to lead creatively and win the trust of schools, community groups and families. This work has had a significant impact on improving attendance for certain groups of pupils notably those of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller heritage. The service is highly effective in meeting the requirements of the Equality Act (2010) in relation to race and ethnicity. It has increased social workers’ awareness on a range of matters such as cultural identity and support for unaccompanied asylum seeking young people. The Young Interpreters scheme is another excellent example of practice that supports and develops children and young people’s confidence and leadership skills within schools.”

Using ICTs to develop the language repertoire of more advanced bilingual learners

Following their presentation at the recent NALDIC national conference on using ICTs to develop the language repertoire of more advanced bilingual learners, EMTAS Specialist Teacher Advisors Astrid and Chris wrote an article for the NALDIC Quarterly magazine which has just been published (NALDIC Quarterly Volume 14 Number 1 2014). Read the full article  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 761kB and get in touch with us if you would like to find out more about best practice in relation to this particular group of bilingual learners.