The Ethnic Minority, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Achievement Service

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21st October 18
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Access and Engagement


The EM-GRT Access and Engagement team can provide additional support alongside school core support and other mainstream services in order to improve the engagement, attendance and attainment of vulnerable or hard to engage ethnic minority pupils and their families.

School Access and Attendance


Our Access Office and Community Education Liaison Officers can provide additional support to help schools secure positive outcomes for pupils and their families around issues such as:

Exclusions from school and follow up; Extended holidays; Communication and cultural barriers; Special educational needs; Truancy and unauthorised absence; School admissions

Encouraging parents to be involved in school life; Parents' evenings; Vulnerable BME pupils with barriers to learning; Behaviour issues

Pupil Mentoring


Pupils at risk of or who are facing exclusion in schools and where issues relating to cultural background, practices or identity may be significant

Specific service targets to reduce exclusions among ethnic groups where levels of exclusion are particularly high, e.g. African-Caribbean, mixed heritage and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils

Mentoring takes place alongside work with school staff, parents, and other agencies in order to raise pupils' self-confidence, motivation and achievement.

A structured programme of individual/small group work is also available for KS2 pupils with specific challenges around coping with transition to secondary school. Mentoring staff support with pupils continues into KS3.