Who are we?
The Ethnic Minority Gypsy Roma Traveller Achievement Service has a history of working successfully with many schools across Lancashire. Our service aim is to provide support to schools, families and communities to enable pupils from all backgrounds, particularly the most vulnerable, to fully embrace the educational opportunities available in Lancashire and achieve their potential.
In our team, we have 19 experienced English as Additional Language (EAL) tutors who work with children and young people learning English as an additional language, including pupils at the earliest stages of learning English to much more advanced learners of English.
How many pupils and schools can we work with?
700 pupils in 100 schools.
Who are our tutors?
Tutors are qualified teachers, in the UK or their country of origin or have a degree and a second language.
How do we recruit our tutors?
Our recruitment process includes an application form, followed by an interview for candidates that meet our for criteria interview. In the interview, we ascertain prospective tutors’ experience of working with EAL learners. This is followed by an enhanced DBS check and 2 reference checks.
How do we train our tutors?
We provide induction training, which covers EAL assessment and target setting, safeguarding, planning requirements, cultural awareness and strategies and resources for teaching EAL pupils. Also, we deliver ongoing professional development for tutors, both face to face and e‑learning, and undertake an annual observation and a professional development conversation with tutors.
How will we communicate with you?
EAL tutors will share information with schools both informally, through talking to teachers, and formally through our pupil profiles. This will be shared with you approximately half-termly.
Each EAL Tutor has a dedicated EAL tutor manager, who will be your point of contact for further feedback or queries.
How will we keep track of pupil progress?
Formative assessment is made during sessions and used to inform planning. Also, we use the NASSEA EAL Assessment framework to track pupil progress and set next steps for them. This is recorded in our pupil profile along with next steps.