IMPORTANT INVITATION TO PARENTS AND CARERS

The Local Authority is currently considering significant cuts to the service that supports pupils with English as an additional Language.

With more than 43 nationalities in the school and 47 languages spoken in our pupils’ homes, the EMAU Service (Ethnic Minority Achievement Service) currently supports many pupils in the school to ensure that they gain excellent qualifications in line with their academic potential. The proposal, affecting schools across Swansea, and Bishop Vaughan in particular, is to cut the service available to all schools from 43 staff to just 3. This will mean that our pupils will no longer have access to the level of language support that ensures they fulfil their academic potential.

Please join us between 4.30 and 6.30pm on Tuesday 8th May in the Main Hall to meet with the Local Authority if you are concerned about these cuts in provision that will significantly affect Bishop Vaughan. This informal meeting, for which refreshments are provided, will enable you to have your say while this proposal is still going through consultation.

  • Parents of pupils supported by the service are asked to consider attending. A range of interpreters will be attending in case of need.
  • Pupils themselves are very warmly welcomed.
  • Parents and pupils of non-ethnic minority backgrounds are also asked to consider attending in support of our community and our dedicated EMAU staff. In addition, this cut is likely to place additional pressure on school budgets that are already very strained following significant reductions this year.

With thanks in anticipation of your consideration of this invitation. We look forward to seeing as many members of the Bishop Vaughan community as possible on Tuesday 8th May at 4.30pm. You can also convey your views online at: www.swansea.gov.uk/emauconsultation.

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