The Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS) provides subscribing schools with:
• Adviser support on working with pupils who are Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) or who have English as an additional language (EAL)
• Bilingual Learning Assistants (BLAs) to support pupils with EAL in their first language in class and develop home school links, available in the most common community languages spoken in the city, allocated on a citywide need basis.
• Resources and guidance materials for schools, which are the subject of ongoing development.
Schools are supported by professionally qualified Advisers with a teaching background, providing central and bespoke professional development to school staff to develop provision for EAL pupils, as well as offering guidance for school development.
All of the work of the service is research-based, founded on best practice models and will support raising the attainment of BME and EAL pupils, as well as that of other vulnerable or potentially vulnerable pupils, including White British under-achievers.