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SEGfL Launches New Arrivals Tool
The SEGfL has developed an online background collation tool for new arrivals into a school. The purpose of this tool is to support the induction and early profiling of newly arrived pupils/students from minority ethnic backgrounds where it is not possible to obtain an interpreter. It provides a framework for collecting background information that will help schools identify the most effective provision for the newly arrived learner.
The tool is most suitable for use with learners who have
- recently arrived in the UK from abroad
- transferred within the UK from another school
When children and young people who have recently arrived from abroad, enroll at a new school, it is critical to ensure that the correct information is recorded at point of entry.
The most effective way to collect background information from a new arrival learner and their family is to set up a parent conference and provide a bilingual interpreter, where necessary. This is always the best solution. However, it is recognised that it is not always possible to obtain an interpreter at short notice.
This online questionnaire is presented in twelve different languages with additional support from audio buttons that provide an oral version of each question.
The tool is freely accessible to all schools and Local Authorities across the country. It continues to be developed as colleagues across the country offer suggestions for improvement and provide new oral/written translations.
The tool was made possible by contributions from the following organisations: Portsmouth CC, Hampshire LA, Rochdale, Medway CC, Reading CC, Cambridge LA, East Sussex CC , Brighton & Hove CC, Tameside, Cambridge Education@ Islington