Language and cultural support

The Ethnic Minority Achievement Team (EMAT) works with Derby city schools, partners and voluntary organisations to improve access to the curriculum by:

  • black and minority ethnic (BME) pupils at risk of underachievement
  • pupils of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller heritages
  • pupils who speak English as an additional language (EAL).

We offer:

  • advice, guidance and support with meeting the needs of BME and EAL pupils
  • support for initial language assessment
  • one-to-one and group support for new arrivals with EAL and advanced bilingual learners
  • support for BME pupils at risk of exclusion
  • development of classroom teaching strategies including differentiation, planning and modelling of lessons
  • customised in-school training
  • centrally provided training for teachers and teaching assistants
  • home school liaison support
  • guidance for working with parents of BME pupils
  • parents' surgery for Polish speaking parents
  • GCSE support in community languages.

In addition to this, we also co-ordinate support for pupils with EAL needs attending schools in Derbyshire on behalf of Derbyshire County Council.

We seek to:

  • facilitate the inclusion of BME pupils and those with EAL needs
  • enhance the progress of targeted pupils
  • support schools in raising standards
  • increase professional awareness of and ability to address issues impacting on BME and EAL pupils
  • ensure that inclusion and access remains at the forefront of our work.

Contact details

Post address:
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 256332
Minicom: 01332 640666
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street

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