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By the Hampshire EMTAS Specialist Teacher Advisors
Welcome to this new academic year. The EMTAS team is feeling refreshed after the summer holiday and looks forward to continuing their work. We’re particularly excited to support more schools this year as they work towards achieving an EAL or GRT Excellence Award. In this blog you will find out what’s in store for 2021-22 to support your professional development as well as your award submission. You will also learn more about our Heritage Honours Award, find out about staff changes in our team and catch up with important research projects.
The dates of our EAL network meetings can be found on our
website. We will also be holding
specific network meetings for Early Career Teachers, the details of which can
be found on the same page of our website. The termly GRT-focused network meetings will continue to be held
online this year. Like our EAL network meetings, they are free to
attend for Hampshire-maintained schools. To find out when the next ones
are, check the Training section of the EMTAS website.
We are very
much looking forward to the EMTAS Conference on Friday 15th October at
the Holiday Inn in Winchester. It promises to be an enlightening day
with Eowyn Crisfield as one of our keynote speakers. She is an acclaimed
expert in languages across the curriculum and has a wealth of knowledge in this
field. Sarah Coles will be sharing her research findings on ‘Pathways to
bilingualism: young children’s experiences of growing up in two languages’ and Leanda
Hawkins will speak of her experiences of education from the perspective of
belonging to the Romany community. There will also be a selection of cross
phase workshops for delegates to take part in and stalls to see some of the
latest resources available to support EAL and GRT pupils in education. Everyone
who signs up will receive a free set of the latest EAL Conversation Cards
valued at £45. There are limited spaces so please sign up as soon as
possible. For further information and online booking please see our flyer attached to this blog.
We are pleased to announce that we have new E-learning
modules now available:
children and families from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT)
culturally inclusive practice in Early Years settings
appropriate placement of learners with EAL in groups, sets and streams.
Our e-learning modules are free to access for
Hampshire-maintained schools. To find out how to obtain a login, please see our
Heritage Honours Award
The EMTAS Heritage Honours award, launched last
academic year, celebrates the achievements of children from BME, EAL and
GRT backgrounds at school and within the home/community. Children and
young people can be nominated for an award by the school they are currently
attending. More than 60 successful nominations were received last
year. Reasons for nomination variously include success in
heritage language examinations, practical and creative use of first
language within the school environment, sharing cultural background
with peers, acting as an empathetic peer buddy, success
in community sporting events and excellent progress in
learning EAL. Nominations are now open for this year. To find out more about
how to nominate a pupil, see our Moodle.
Debra Page is entering the third and final year of her PhD researching the Young Interpreter Scheme. Data
collection happened online due to the pandemic and the first and second wave of data collection with 84 children across 5 schools is now complete. The third and final data collection will be in November and all the data
will then be managed and analysed. In her last update, Debra shared a YI diary
and additional training resource she created. She delivered this virtually with
each school during their YI training session and initial feedback has been very positive. It is hoped that these extra resources will form part of the YI
training in the near future. The children are excited to complete their diaries
about the work that they do as a Young Interpreter. If the diary is something
that you are interested in, please get in touch. We look forward to finding out
results of what is learnt about the Young Interpreter Scheme.
Sarah Coles will update us on her own
PhD in a separate blog very soon. Her PhD is part time and she’s just embarking
on her fourth year of study. She’ll mainly be involved in data collection this
year and a number of schools with children from Polish and Nepali families
starting in Year R have agreed to support this. Sarah is hoping the families
she and members of our Bilingual Assistant team approach will be similarly
willing to be involved.
At the end of last term, we wished Chris Pim a happy retirement and welcomed back Astrid Dinneen following her maternity leave. As a result, we have made some changes to the geographical areas the specialist teacher team will be covering:
Sarah Coles –
Lisa Kalim – New Forest
Astrid Dinneen – Basingstoke & Deane
Jamie Earnshaw – Eastleigh, Fareham and Gosport
Claire Barker – Hart, Rushmoor and East Hants
– Havant, Waterlooville and Isle of Wight
Helen Smith – Test Valley
Sarah, Claire and Helen will also cover GRT work across the county.
welcome Abi Guler to our Bilingual Assistant team. He will
be working with our Turkish families. We are delighted to have also newly recruited Fiona Calder as
our new Black Children's Achievement Project Assistant.
[ Modified: Friday, 10 September 2021, 11:29 AM ]