Winsor Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO40 2HR

02380 812173


Bartley C of E Junior School



EAL – English as an Additional Language

To have English as an additional language means that the language you speak at home is not English. Speaking more than one language is often an advantage to a child and is to be celebrated. During the academic year 2016-2017 at Bartley C.E. Junior, children speak the following languages at home; Arabic, Mandarin, Polish, Spanish, Russian, French, Bengali, Lithuanian and Thai.

Advanced Learners

At present all of the children with EAL at Bartley are advanced learners, meaning that although English is a second language they speak and write competently in English. It is important that the school knows if a child has EAL as it can affect grammar and some receptive language (understanding of technical terms) and knowledge a child has EAL means the teacher and EAL coordinator can put supportive provision in place. Many children with EAL are among the higher achieving children academically in school.

New Arrival

A new arrival is a child who is newly arrived in Britain who does not speak English. In this instance the school will instantly contact EMTAS- the Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service.  This service is invaluable in its help in explaining how the school works and explaining confusing aspects of the school the child is experiencing.  The child with no or little English will be placed with children in class who can model the best examples of spoken English, so that they leam from the best models.

It is expected that new arrivals may be mute in class for up to 6 months as they take in and learn the language. English is often first used in social situations in the playground before the child is confident enough to use English within the classroom setting.

EAL and SEND (special educational needs and disabilities)

EMTAS are also helpful in helping to ascertain whether a child with EAL has a special educational need, or whether the language barrier is holding their progress back. At Bartley the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and the EAL coordinator is the same person.  This helps distinguish what the true needs of a child are.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the English as an additional Language Coordinator by telephone on 02380 812173 or via email

Please contact Mrs Doyle or the EMTAS phone lines below for Support.

EMTAS phone lines (Term time only)

Language phone lines (for parents/carers, Hampshire maintained schools and for SLA-supported Academies) 

 Please ring us on our help lines below for information and support with home-school communication or if you have any questions relating to your child’s education or well-being.

All our assistants speak good English so if you can use even a little English you can call at any of the times listed below.

If you need an interpreter for any other language just ring EMTAS: 01256 330195 or email: with your contact details and the language you speak and we will do our best to help you.

Note for schools: our phone lines are included in our SLA (Service Level Agreement) and are free to Hampshire maintained schools and academies that have bought back into our SLA. Pre-schools and non-subscribing academies can purchase a subscription to our phone lines. Please email Naomi Gibbons to discuss how this might work for your setting/academy.

Arabic: ask for Zein Ahmed

  • Thursday 2.30pm–4.30pm
  • 023 9244 1508
  • EMTAS Base: Havant

Bulgarian: ask for Iliana Kocheva

  • Friday 2pm–4pm
  • 01256 330195
  • EMTAS Base: Basingstoke

Chinese Mandarin: Ask for Shelley Clarke

  • Tuesday 1pm-3pm
  • 01256 330195
  • EMTAS Base: Basingstoke

Nepali: ask for Sudhir Lama

  • Friday 12.30pm–2.30pm
  • 01256 330195
  • EMTAS Base: Basingstoke

Polish: 1 ask for Katarzyna Tokarska

  • Wednesday 2pm–4pm
  • 01256 330195
  • EMTAS Base: Basingstoke

Polish 2: ask for Wioletta Zbrzezna / Violetta Pugh

  • Thursday 2.30pm–4.30pm
  • 023 9244 1430
  • EMTAS Base: Havant

Portuguese: ask for Catarina Martins

  • Wednesday 1pm–3pm
  • 01256 330195
  • EMTAS Base: Basingstoke

Romanian: ask for Ildiko Ordog

  • Thursday 10:00am–12:00
  • 01256 330195
  • EMTAS Base: Basingstoke


Spanish: ask for Fiona McKenzie

  • Wednesday, 2.30pm–4.30pm
  • 023 9244 1531
  • EMTAS Base: Havant

Turkish: ask for Ozgul Springett or Kadriye Francis

  • Wednesday 1pm–3pm
  • 023 9244 1450
  • EMTAS Base: Havant

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller phone line

EMTAS telephone advice service for schools and parents/carers to answer questions relating to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils and to discuss any concerns. To speak with one of our dedicated Traveller team:

Phone 01256 330195

  • Ask for the Traveller phone line
  • Monday 11.30am–1.30pm (term time only)

English as an Additional Language (EAL)/Special Educational Needs (SEN) phone line (schools only)

If you have concerns about the progress of a pupil for whom English is an Additional Language, please read the Article for SEN Matters by Lisa Kalim  253kb before phoning our EAL/SEN phone line for further advice. Note that this phone line is for schools and other professionals only.

  • Phone 01256 330195
  • Advice about a bilingual pupil (where there are concerns)
  • Tuesday 12 noon–4pm (term time only) 

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) phone line

EMTAS telephone advice service for schools and parents/carers to discuss concerns and get advice in relation to the Emotional Literacy Support needs of pupils from black and minority ethnic groups (including Travellers).

To speak with our trained ELSA team member, Julie Curtis:

  • Phone 02392 441 450
  • Ask for the ELSA phone line
  • Thursday 09.30am–12.00pm (term time only)


Helpful guidance for parents