English as an Additional Language (EAL)
EMTAS (Ethnic Minority and Travellers Achievement Service)
At Fleet Infant School we liaise with EMTAS on a regular basis to ensure that we are supporting our Ethnic Minority pupils effectively. When a child arrives at school from another country their level of English is assessed by an EMTAS representative and also their competency in their home language. This allows us to support children quickly from the moment they arrive. If it is appropriate, the child may have a number of sessions with an EMTAS interpreter who speaks their home language, allowing them to settle more quickly and understand how English schools work.
EMTAS has a dedicated phone line which parents can access in order to clarify information from school or ask questions relating to home or school life.
Please call EMTAS on 01256 330195 and ask to speak to someone in your home language. If they are able you will then be called back by an EMTAS interpreter in your language. Please check the EMTAS website www.hants.gov.uk/emtas for an up to date list of languages spoken.
EMTAS Silver Award for Excellence
Fleet Infant School has achieved the Silver Award for Excellence based on the school's support for Ethnic Minority and EAL families. The school has developed a variety of ways to effectively support children and families, especially those for whom English is not their home language. A few examples include posters and signs around the school in different languages, close monitoring of progress and achievement of EAL pupils, a welcome booklet, small group pre teaching of topic vocabulary and coffee events for parents.