New arrivals and referrals
Please fill in and submit the online referral form for:
Pupils for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL)
Note that personal email addresses (gmail, hotmail etc.) should not be used when making a referral to EMTAS or for correspondence relating to a pupil. This is in accordance with Data Protection requirements.
We do not take referrals from parents nor do we need their contact information unless they need to be contacted by a Bilingual Assistant or Traveller Teaching Assistant to discuss a forthcoming early profiling visit. As a courtesy, schools should inform parents that a member of staff from EMTAS will be coming into school to see their child and to reassure parents that this is happening in order to ensure provision meets the needs of the child.
Schools are advised to check the date when a pupil came to the UK before making a referral to EMTAS using the New Arrivals referral form. Pupils should not be referred as New Arrivals if they have been attending school in the UK for more than two years. If there are concerns regarding the progress of these pupils, please contact EMTAS for further advice.
What happens next
Within two weeks of making a referral for a new arrival for whom English is an additional language, you will be contacted by a bilingual assistant or specialist teacher to arrange a time for a profiling visit. During the visit, background information will be gathered and an assessment will be made of the pupil's language skills in first language(s) and in English. You will receive a written Profiling Report containing all the information gathered during the visit.
Where you have referred a pupil of Traveller heritage, you will be contacted by a Traveller Teaching Assistant to arrange a time for a profiling visit. During this visit, various information will be gathered including the pupil's academic levels, family background and a pupil observation. A set of priority recommendations for EMTAS pupil support will be produced and you will receive these as part of a written Profiling Report containing all the information gathered during the visit.