The Race Equality and Minority Achievement (REMA) Ethnic and Language Minority Support team in Children, Schools and Families works in partnership with schools, SCC colleagues and other agencies to raise the achievement and improve outcomes for minority ethnic children and young people, including those who speak a minority language (pupils with English as an additional language or EAL). The team also works more widely with partners to promote inclusive practices and assist practitioners in recognising and valuing diversity and implementing race equality.
REMA Ethnic & Language Minority Support services are delivered through a countywide team. In consultation with schools, the team's intervention may be focused on pupils, parents and/or staff and whole school development. The type and extent of intervention is negotiated and agreed with individual schools to reflect the specific requirements of the school and the learning needs of their pupils.
The Ethnic & Language Minority Support team offers consultation, advice and training for teachers and other professionals to improve the quality of services for ethnic and language minority children. The team also provides language assessments and advice to schools on working with parents from minority ethnic/language communities, with asylum seekers and refugees, and with bilingual pupils who also have Special Educational Needs. Direct teaching support may be provided to enhance bilingual learners’ English language acquisition and access to the curriculum.