Gateshead EMTAS

Gateshead EMTAS

Ethnic minority and traveller achievement service

The Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) is a team of dedicated teachers and bilingual specialist staff with significant experience of working with schools, community groups and other partners. We work to support schools in raising the attainment of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) and Gypsy, Roma and Travellers (GRT) pupils, including refugee and asylum seeker pupils. We can provide consultancy to Senior Management in schools, training for staff and governors as well as support for BME/GRT pupils and home-school liaison in various languages. The team works with pupils and teachers in schools throughout Gateshead to counter racism and promote tolerance and understanding between all groups in the community.

Our purpose

  • to raise the attainment of BME and GRT pupils and those at risk of under achievement and attainment including refugee/asylum seekers children and children learning English as an additional language (EAL)

  • to promote inclusion and curricular access, raise awareness and celebrate linguistic, cultural and religious diversity

  • to build mainstream capacity to provide access and raise the attainment of BME and GRT pupils

  • to enable young people and families to enjoy a smooth induction and transition to schools and education systems

  • to promote the active participation of children, young people and families

What we can offer you

Strategic input and consultancy

  • advice and support for senior leadership teams in schools and settings to develop and evaluate the equality and diversity dimension of their leadership and management role.

  • support and guidance for schools in developing policy and practice relating to inclusion, race equality, diversity and community integration.

  • support for schools with procedures for data collection, tracking and monitoring the attainment of minority ethnic pupils.

  • liaison and partnership with other agencies and professionals, for example. educational psychologists, health and social workers


  • advice and training for staff/governors on race equality and cultural diversity

  • advice and training for teachers, teaching assistants and support staff on strategies to meet the language needs of bilingual pupils and support the development of EAL

  • advice and training on ways of making the curriculum more accessible and relevant for minority ethnic children and young people

 In-school support

  • support for schools with the assessment and monitoring of Ethnic Minority pupils, including those with English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils. 

  • support for schools with admissions of Ethnic Minority pupils.

  • advice on resources including bilingual resources and differentiated materials.

  • support in the classroom for pupils with English as an Additional Language and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils. When withdrawal of pupils is agreed to be necessary, it will be for a limited period, and directed towards specific curriculum related targets

  • work with EAL parents and Ethnic Minority communities. Outreach and induction support for highly mobile and newly arrived Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families in accessing places in school or nursery.

  • assist schools with distance learning packs for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils

  • visit and tutor Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children on site

Bilingual services

  • in-class support for bilingual pupils

  • home/school liaison in a number of languages

  • support with admissions

  • advice on bilingual / multi-lingual resources