Minority Ethnic Achievement Service

Minority Ethnic Achievement Service

The Minority Ethnic Achievement Service (MEAS) supports schools to meet the needs of bilingual learners and ethnic minority pupils at risk of underachievement. We also deliver challenging racism workshops and assemblies and enhance provision for SMSC development.

Included in the service

  • Assessment of newly arrived pupils who are learning English as an additional language (EAL) at all stages from EYFS, KS1 & KS2, KS3 & KS4
  • Advice, support and training for staff on meeting the needs of newly arrived and more advanced EAL learners, including termly EAL support network meetings
  • Training for staff and governors includes: race equality, SMSC, cultural diversity, exploring British values, refugees and aspects of safeguarding e.g FGM, forced and arranged marriages and preventing radicalisation
  • Race equality workshops and multicultural awareness activity in schools
  • Bilingual support for schools including accessing SATs and community language GCSE

Benefits to your school

  • Modelled EAL assessments and demonstration of strategies and support materials to support children at all ages and stages of learning English
  • High quality training and support to ensure all EAL/BME pupils achieve well
  • Support for developing SMSC - especially valuable for schools with a mainly white British population
  • Support for challenging racism and celebrating diversity
  • Learning walks and support for school self-evaluation for EAL, race equality and SMSC development
  • Flexible packages for your school including on site staff training

Further Information

Consultant support includes:

Pupil assessment, advice and training for staff (EAL, race equality SMSC, British values and refugees), assemblies and workshops, planning for EAL and race equality and modelled lessons. Advice and support on gaining awards and recognition e.g International schools award and School of Sanctuary.

Teaching Assistant (TA) support includes:

Direct pupil support, modelled sessions for school staff, EAL materials and ICT support, display workshops and cultural awareness workshops.

Bilingual Project Officer (BPO) support includes:

Direct pupil and family support, interpreting/translation, first language assessments, family workshops and cultural awareness.

Quality Assurance

  • MEAS staff evaluate all work in schools and monitor pupil performance closely
  • Feedback from staff in schools is overwhelmingly positive and includes a judgement of impact on pupils.

Comments from Wirral colleagues:

  • "The service has been superb and the whole school community has benefitted from the work"
  • "I have only received good service from the MEAS team"
  • "May I thank you and your super team for another wonderful storytelling event which enhanced the children’s understanding of other cultures and countries"
  • "A really big impact in immersing the children in a different religion. It also gave me lovely ideas for the next time I teach Islam"
  • "Super subject knowledge of the staff and the children felt comfortable enough to ask questions"
  • "A great impact - they will be more confident to challenge racism and know what to do"

Last year 99% of our evaluations stated that provision was good or better.


Call Anna Turnbull on 666 5224 or email meas@wirral.gov.uk