Gwent Education Minority Ethnic Service (GEMS) supports Newport pupils whose first language is not English or Welsh.

They work closely with schools and parents to help pupils improve their English language skills.

GEMS provides:

  • advice, support and guidance on race equality for schools and governing bodies
  • bilingual assessments to establish language support requirements
  • home visits to ensure that good communications between parents and the school are established. Essential school information is passed to parents in their home language and their concerns and questions are passed back to the school.

If your child is admitted to St. Julian’s Primary School and they are new to English, the school will make a referral to GEMS who will visit the school to carry out a language acquisition assessment with your child. They will then work with the school to support your child in developing their English skills.

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