Multicultural Development team

Teaching and support for EAL pupils & families

Promoting all pupils’ spiritual, moral, social & cultural development

Promoting equality & diversity in schools

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Ginny Sales

Ginny Sales

Team Leader

Qamar Maqsood

Qamar Maqsood

Team Leader

For schools

Multicultural Development Team (MDT)

We are part of the Telford & Wrekin Consultancy & Advisory Services for Schools. We also serve Shropshire schools and provide training and support for a number of other educational providers.

MDT provides specialist English as an additional language (EAL) teaching and assessment, and bilingual TA support. It also provides training, support, guidance and resources for schools in:

  • working with pupils who have English as an additional language including those who are newly arrived from overseas
  • raising the attainment of minority ethnic pupils who are at risk of underachieving
  • tackling racism and promoting equality of opportunity for all pupils
  • the promotion of all pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

What we offer

Schools, Early Years settings and other providers are invited to purchase:

  • regular timetabled EAL teaching or bilingual Teaching Assistant support
  • EAL and bilingual assessments of pupils new to the UK school system or those whose progress is causing    concern
  • EAL teaching interventions
  • CPD/consultancy on EAL, equalities, diversity and SMSC
  • support with translation/interpretation where possible 
  • access to resources loan service
  • support with facilitating GCSEs in community languages
  • workshops and visits for pupils to promote cultural awareness and understanding
  • we also provide bespoke training for initial teacher training and teaching schools.

Why choose us?

We provide:

  • a wealth of experience of working in schools of all kinds across Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire. Over the years we have built up strong long-term working relationships with many local schools
  • a wide knowledge of the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of minority ethnic and bilingual pupils
  • expertise in assessing the language skills of pupils learning EAL and providing appropriate advice to school staff
  • expertise in facilitating communication between schools and families
  • knowledge of local school contexts that helps us to tailor our teaching, training and consultancy programmes to suit the needs of their audiences
  • up to date knowledge of current national developments in the fields of EAL and equalities.

Services

Funded Provision for Shropshire Early Years Settings

Shropshire Early Years settings can now refer children learning English as an additional language for an assessment of their language development. We provide full assessments for children age 3 and 4; we also provide an advisory visit to discuss provision for EAL children funded under 24U. This provision is funded by Shropshire Early years and is free of cost to providers. Settings include:

  • Private, voluntary and independent Early Years settings
  • School nurseries
  • Childminders

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Contact Us:

Multicultural Development Team
Hollinswood Primary School
Dale Acre Way
Hollinswood
Telford
TF3 2EP​

Telephone: 01952 380828 / 01952 380820
Email: Multicultural.Development@telford.gov.uk

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Customer feedback

"Many thanks for the prompt report, and the great discussion on Tuesday. It was very reassuring and much appreciated."

Class teacher on EAL assessment visit and report.

Customer feedback

"Thank you so much for such a productive morning and for these documents. Thanks for your expert help."

Head teacher on consultancy meeting.

Customer feedback

"Several of the students have commented on how well she is supporting them. Two pupils with behaviour difficulties have both said unprompted that she is really helping them."

SENCO on EAL Teaching Assistant support.

Customer feedback

"The evaluations for the courses were excellent. Please could you pass on a special thank you to the trainers for delivering this course so well, we appreciate your help."

External purchaser of CPD.

Customer feedback

"Just wanted to say a big thank you for coming into school earlier this week to work with our TAs who are currently supporting our EAL children. Both staff members have said how much they enjoyed the session and are now keen to try out some of the ideas with the children. I really feel that the children will benefit greatly from this input, thank you. "

External purchaser of CPD.

Customer feedback

"Thanks very much. Your report is very interesting and confirms the class teacher's thoughts that the pupil has an underlying difficulty in addition to her EAL needs. We have lots of targets to focus on too which is very useful. Many thanks. A great piece of work and very helpful."

External purchaser of CPD.

Customer feedback

"Your staff member did a great job last week providing support for the pupil."

External purchaser of CPD.

Customer feedback

"Thank you for the huge impact you have made. It is wonderful to see the pupil putting his hand up in class answering questions which is showing how his confidence is coming on"

External purchaser of CPD.