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Review started of Swansea's ethnic minority achievement service

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

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A WIDE-RANGING review is taking place on the future of Swansea Council's ethnic minority achievement service.

The authority is looking at the service that supports hundreds of city school pupils and their families who are unable to speak English, under its revised budget proposals. The plans are being considered by the authority's cabinet next week. A Welsh Government grant is in place to support the initiative, but funding is also made available from Swansea Council.

Families from countries, such as Italy France, Romania, India and Far East nations are benefiting, thanks to the scheme to help boost their education in Swansea.

Will Evans, cabinet member for education, said: "EMLAS provides support in more than 100 languages to families and children living in Swansea who go to our city's schools. The budget consultation was designed as an opportunity to take initial views on the future of the service and we're really pleased so many people got engaged in the process and had the opportunity to have their say taken into account."

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He added any funding reduction would have to be fully consulted upon.

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  • averageperson  |  February 08 2014, 2:47PM

    perhaps more funding should be given to general studies in our schools . Would we expect similar local language learning facilities to be made available if we went to live abroad ?

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