Introduction

Our Ethnic Minority Achievement Team supports and advises staff in schools on how they can meet the needs of pupils learning English as an additional language (EAL) and raise the attainment of children from minority ethnic groups.

The team consists of support and advisory teachers who help raise the attainment of children from minority ethnic groups by:

  • working directly with schools and children
  • helping schools carry out assessments of newly arrived pupils
  • giving advice and guidance to schools on resources, teaching and learning;
  • training school staff
  • monitoring pupils’ progress to make sure children who are underachieving are given the help they need
  • advising and working with parents and carers on ways of helping children to make the most of their education
  • supporting anti-racist development work
  • helping schools and young people to challenge racism
  • supporting and promoting bilingualism and cultural diversity
  • liaising with other education teams to make sure that the needs of children from Minority Ethnic backgrounds are considered when local and national initiatives are introduced; and
  • working with other agencies such as Health, Social Services and Somerset Racial Equality Council (SREC), as well as other teams in the Education Service