Language Support

Previously known as Ethnic Minority Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS). For schools who want to develop their provision for all ethnic minority pupils we can provide support to help ensure they achieve their full potential. Our team can work directly with pupil groups and individuals.

Role of the service

We work to support schools and settings, parents and carers, pupils and other agencies in partnership to raise achievement of Ethnic Minority and Traveller pupils. We aim to help raise the attainment of Ethnic Minority and Traveller pupils, to support schools and settings engage with their Roma and Traveller communities and promote cultural understanding. Our service is available to all schools, including academies, and children’s centres.

We also offer bilingual support in over 27 different languages, classroom support assistants experienced in working with pupils from a Traveller background, as well as books, dictionaries and artefacts to loan.

Please contact the Virtual School for Outreach support to engage the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Virtual School offers specialist English as an additional language (EAL) advice, guidance and training on meeting the educational needs of children learning English as an additional language, guidance and training on meeting the educational needs of children from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. Support and advice for schools and settling who wants to further embed an understanding of diversity in the curriculum to help challenge stereotyping and prejudice.

The Virtual School also offers:

  • English as an Additional Language Intensive Programme (EALIP),
  • Advice on teaching new - to - English pupils,
  • Training for NQTs, EAL Co-Ordinators network meetings,
  • Gypsy, Roma & Traveller network meetings,
  • Using the NASSEA EAL Assessment framework to inform provision,
  • Ensuring the attainment of more advanced EAL learners and Training for Governors in respect to their responsibilities for all ethnic minority pupils.

Further advice and support is available from the Senior Raising Achievement Officers of the Virtual School.

Telephone: (01302) 737880 or by Email:

What do we provide for pupils from travellers’ communities?

The service is able to offer a wide range of support to schools and families. Support may include:

  • Liaison with schools, parents, outside agencies and other Traveller Education Services.
  • Delivery of training for schools and other agencies.
  • Resources and displays for use in promoting cultural awareness.
  • Direct teaching of pupils, including assessment, target setting and provision of support packages
  • Advice to schools on the content of Distance Learning Packs.
  • Advice to schools and parents
  • Assistance to meet Department for Children, Schools and Families' (DCSF) targets for Traveller pupils
  • Initiatives to promote educational provision for children from Traveller communities.

How do I contact the Virtual School Language Support service?

Please contact us to arrange a free initial meeting to discuss the needs of your school. You can contact the team by:

Further information


Last updated: 18 January 2019 14:10:22