Pupils learning English as an Additional Language and children from Minority Ethnic groups
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:
You can find out if a school has a place for your child by phoning a school directly. If you do not speak English and would like an interpreter, please say “I do not speak English. I speak …. Please could I speak to an interpreter?”
If your child does not speak English, your child can go to a school which has a place for them. This is normally your nearest school.
As a parent or carer you need to work with the teachers and discuss ways of helping. There are lots of ways you can help your child. For example, you can:
You can arrange for your child to have extra English lessons after school but you need to remember that the child may be very tired after spending a day at school, speaking in English. You know your child’s needs best.
When your child starts school, support will be organised by teachers once they know what your child’s needs are. The Ethnic Minority Achievement Team provides advice to schools on how your child can best be supported.
If your child is called names in school or treated unfairly, speak to the headteacher at the school or contact us. There is an information leaflet for parents and carers of children who are racially harassed.
Schools will listen to requests based on ethnicity. For example, if you are not happy for your daughter to wear shorts for PE and would prefer her to wear tracksuit bottoms, the school will respect this view.
The purpose of the Ethnic Minority Achievement policy is to clarify the action the local authority and schools should take to:
Policy for pupils from Minority Ethnic groups
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