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Welcome to the EMTAS 4 Success Website

The purpose of this website is to support school staff and other professionals in meeting the needs of Black and minority ethnic, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children and Young People. On our home page you can view news, most recently added documents, EMTAS web links, and click on links to our 'Events Calendar' and 'Contacts' page. Using our drop down navigation at the top of the page you can move to any of the pages around the site.

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​EAL Conference at UWE with Mark Sims Ofsted lead on EAL, Professor Simon Burgess on the positive impact of children of recent migrants on attainment of all pupils and workshops including new DfE  Proficiency in English levels, EAL assessment and tracking. EAL Flyer Conference Final Version (002).docx

​Are you marking Holocaust Memorial Day?

The theme for the 2016 memorial day is Don’t Stand By.

Part of the purpose of marking Holocaust Memorial Day is for us to understand that genocides happen in a context, there are steps that lead to genocides.  The process begins with stereotyping, dehumanising of others, discrimination, hatred and racism.   We need to recognise these steps and as individuals, groups, society, and through our political representatives, we need to act against these steps, we need to prevent the process that leads to genocide.

For more information please see: Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

​Further evidence of diversity in Roman Britain

A recent study of decapitated Roman era skeletons, using cutting edge genome technology, provides further evidence of the presence of people from diverse backgrounds in Roman Britain. Professor Matthew Collins, who co-ordinated the scientific analysis, said “… our sample of the genomes of seven of them ….. .. indicate six to be of British origin and one to have origins in the Middle East. It confirms the cosmopolitan character of the Roman Empire even at its most northerly extent. This is the first refined genomic evidence for far-reaching ancient mobility …”

​Lulu Loves Stories

The Book Trust provide a free online picture book with audio in English and 20 other languages, great for children new to learning English or for supporting the continued development of children's first languages. 

Audio in: Arabic, Bengali, Dutch, French, German, Gujarati, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Luganda, Mandarin, Polish, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Tigrinya, Urdu, Welsh

Click here for the picture book and audio

​Videos from the 2015 NALDIC conference on EAL Assessment.

Keynote presentations and workshops videos are now available on 

​Yet another study has demonstrated the benefits of bilingualism. The study, from the same team that showed bilingualism protects against dementia, showed that bilingualism aids recovery after strokes. You don't have to be bilingual to improve cognitive outcomes after strokes. Learning another language or learning to dance can also improve cognitive outcomes after strokes.

Impact of Bilingualism on Cognitive Outcome After Stroke

​A recent analysis of 2,000 year old bones from London has demonstrated that diversity is anot a recent phoenomenon. One example was of a 14 year old girl whose DNA showed she grew up in North Africa and was of mixed heritage. Advances in the use of DNA evidence have given evidence of the appearance and ethnicity of London's original inhabitants.

London was diverse 2,000 years ago - BBC News

​Advice for parents to help protect their children when online translated into:    Arabic, Bengali, French, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese and Welsh.


​Survey of 6,000 school children reveals they are misinformed about immigration and hold negative attitudes towards Muslims.

Schools have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to promote good relations and eliminate discrimination. Your local EMA service can support your school in developing a culturally inclusive curriculum, a curriculum that helps prepare pupils for life in a diverse society.  

When you say you 'don't see race', you’re ignoring racism, not helping to solve it

Article by Zach Stafford on the importance of tackling racism.

​Article on multilingual families, families where parents do not share the same first language

A discussion on the benefits of bilingualism with: Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics; Ellen Bialystok, Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and cognitive neuroscientist;  Gustavo Perez Firmat, writer and academic.

​A new report "Understanding the success of London’s schools" argues that the improved attainment of schools in London is largely due to the positive impact of children 
of recent immigrants to the UK, including those who are learning English as an additional language.
" the basis for the London performance is the ethnic composition of its school population".
"... integrated multi-ethnic school systems can be very productive, allowing the ethnic minority pupils to achieve the grades they seek, and (potentially) raising the 
scores of white British pupils as well"
Understanding the success of London’s schools, Simon Burgess, University of Bristol, October 2014, 

Show Racism The Red Card is an anti-racism educational charity. It holds an annual schools competition with great prizes, England football shirts, club football shirts, match tickets. Details of the competition:  

A recent article exploring different approaches to including and teaching pupils new to English - click here to read the article​

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