EMTAS was previously known as the Diversity Service. It provides a professional support service to schools and academies to ensure that children and young people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds (BME) including:
- English as an additional language (EAL)
- Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) children
- Refugee and Asylum seekers, especially those arriving in North Lincolnshire as a result of refugee resettlement schemes
achieve high educational outcomes and reach their full potential.
EMTAS staff are highly trained in supporting minority ethnic and EAL pupils. They are kept up to date with national research and development. They work with schools to address gaps in pupil attainment, with senior members of staff embedding best practice.
We know that nationally and locally the number of EAL and minority ethnic pupils in schools has increased. Looking at demographic trends this is likely to continue in the foreseeable future. We also know that many teachers and staff in schools have concerns in this area because they feel they lack experience or have not received relevant training and support.