ERW is committed to delivering a fully inclusive education system ensuring that every school is a good school offering high standards of teaching and learning with all learners achieving their maximum potential. Around 8% of learners in the ERW region are from ethnic minority backgrounds with many of these having English as an additional language (EAL).
With the scope of the consortium now including the delivery of support for learning for identified groups of learners, a working group was set up in autumn 2016 in respect of ethnic minority pupils in particular those with EAL. The leads for EAL across the region meet on a half termly basis and have a workstream in the Support for Learning section of the ERW Business Plan. Within the workstream key activities are being undertaken to establish an effective and consistent regional approach to provision for EAL learners to ensure a sustained impact on outcomes. Inherent in this is the need to build school and teacher capacity to support such learners.
ERW recognises that an inclusive education system benefits all learners and will ensure that schools receive the necessary levels of support and challenge around inclusive practice.