Migrants to benefit from new language support programme

North Northumberland has seen a big rise in pupils with English as an additional language over the last decade.

Thursday, 28th April 2016, 10:46 am
Mohr language suppport

It is now seeing more new arrivals from refugee families as well as increased immigration from central and eastern Europe.

Most of the children arrive with little or no English so Mohr Language Support are offering a new training programme to help schools support their learners.

The charity has been delivering direct EAL lessons for pupils in Northumberland for more than four years and are now working in partnership with The Bell Foundation to deliver their specialist training programme, Language for Results, which is designed to improve attainment.

The programme is informed by in-depth research from leading universities, including Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin.

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Dr Beata Kohlbek, CEO of Mohr Language Support, said: “We have been working with schools in this region for the last few years and are delighted to be partnering with The Bell Foundation to deliver their Language for Results programme.

“Schools that have already participated in this programme have said that it has really helped them to develop a whole school approach to EAL provision. Schools in Northumberland will now be given the chance to develop long-term sustainable resources to accommodate the needs of current and future EAL pupils.”

Chris Durie, recently retired head teacher at Tweedmouth Middle School and a trustee for Mohr Language support, said: “Mohr Language has provided invaluable support for EAL pupils in Berwick for several years and I am delighted that they are now developing the service.”

An information event is being held at Berwick Youth Hostel tomorrow at 1pm.