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Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS)

Brief description of what services your organisation offers

EMAS provides support for nurseries, schools and other services when working with pupils who have English as an additional language (EAL) and/or who are black or minority ethnic (BME).

Where the service is provided

City wide

What the organisation provides – types of interventions and support

EMAS has a team of Bilingual Learning Assistants (BLAs) who work across 20+ of the languages most in need in the city and support in almost all of Portsmouth’s schools, working alongside pupils in first language to support curriculum access. The BLAs also work as interpreters for families in a range of formal and informal meetings and are sometimes called upon to contribute their expertise when considering provision. EMAS also has two Education Advisers (primary and secondary) who carry out SEN assessments for schools to try and unpick if a pupil’s needs are predominately due to having English as an additional language (EAL) or if anything else is at play, including SpLD. They offer training and support for schools on working with pupils who have EAL and who are also SEN. In addition, EMAS also has a wide range of bilingual dictionaries, dual-language stories, religious and cultural artefacts and display packs to support schools in their work with pupils who have EAL or who are black or minority ethnic.

Who can access the service

Support is through school referral to EMAS. All pupils who have English as an additional language (EAL) can be considered for support. Almost all (but not all) schools in Portsmouth currently have ‘membership’ of EMAS.

Quality standards and expected outcomes

Children, young people and their families accessing your service Pupils are supported in their first language in order to access the curriculum. This provision varies and depends on language and city need. Parents can be supported through the use of BLAs at meetings who can act as interpreters.

How can this service be accessed?

Through referral to EMAS from a membership school (see above)

Who to contact if you are unhappy with the service or to make a complaint

Karen Thomas (Lead Adviser)

Contact details for further information

Tel: 023 9273 3130 Email:

Website: Ethnic Minority Achievement Service


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