The Surrey REMA Team has been looking at ways we can support schools at this time.
As you will be aware, in the case of both EAL and GRT pupils, it is particularly important that their language skills continue to develop even though they are not in school. For EAL pupils, continued development of their first language is also key, as this will support their acquisition of English.
Some members of the REMA Specialist Teaching Team have put together ideas for parents and carers to use at home so they can enable the continued development of their children’s language and knowledge base. The attached documents contain suggested activities and strategies as well as links to relevant online material.
We hope you will find these helpful.
The REMA Team wishes you and your school community all the best.
Message from REMA
We hope you and your school community are as well as possible in these difficult circumstances.
We would like to assure you that we will deliver any REMA support your school has already purchased when normal working resumes, or it can be carried forward to the next academic year if necessary.
For maintained schools wishing to purchase our support for the next financial year, we have extended the early reply discount date to 31st May 2020 for purchases of more than 5 days. Details for academies to purchase support for the next academic year will be sent out later in the term.
REMA staff are not able to visit schools at the moment. However if your school normally receives regular support from us, do not hesitate to get in touch with your REMA Specialist Teacher or Traveller Education Support Worker. This could be regarding queries you have at the moment or in preparation for pupils to return to school.
During the Covid 19 situation REMA would like to extend to all schools the possibility to phone for free advice concerning English as an Additional Language or Gypsy Roma Traveller pupils. Please contact either Sue Hurtley or Moira Lempriere on the numbers below.
We have also developed a telephone interpreting service for schools who would like to keep in touch with EAL pupils at home. You will now have received details and costs of this new offer.
Schools in the west of Surrey
Sue Hurtley email@example.com 07968 834430
Schools in the east of Surrey
Moira Lempriere firstname.lastname@example.org 07970 887034
Interpreting and Translation
Mariana Wallington email@example.com 07968 834422
CLEAPSS Summer Bulletin Now Available
The CLEAPSS Summer bulletin is now available. To receive a copy of this please email the team - firstname.lastname@example.org
The CLEAPSS bulletin is available free to all maintained schools and academies/free schools who subscribe to the Strategic Risk Management (SRM) Health and Safety Offer.
For any further information, please contact the SRM team on the email address above.
Telephone Interpreting now available from REMA
REMA service is committed to assisting Surrey schools during these unprecedented times by continuing to deliver high quality support and introducing new ways of working. The majority of students are now being taught at home and schools do not have an opportunity to keep in touch with families and children face to face. There has been a recent demand in schools requesting support with contacting the families and children whose first language is not English to check on their well-being. To respond to this new development REMA service is introducing telephone interpreting support to schools to assist them with monitoring pupils’ progress and dealing with parents’ queries or concerns during the home-schooling period.
REMA has a team of over 100 specially trained bilingual support workers/interpreters who speak 51 different languages. Please see attached the list of languages that we can provide (subject to their availability). Since REMA is working on a traded basis please note that the following charges apply for interpreting and translating service:
Telephone interpreting: £50 for up to 2 hours, then £15 for each further 15 minutes
Face to Face interpreting: £100 for up to 2 hours including travel. Anything after the first hour will be charged at the hourly rate of £50
Written translations: Please contact REMA for a quote
If you would like to arrange a telephone interpreting or have any questions about the REMA interpreting or translating service, please contact Mariana Wallington, REMA Bilingual Support Coordinator on her mobile: 07968 834422 or via email: email@example.com
Specialist Teacher Update March 2020
We hope this email finds you well in these unprecedented and very strange times.
We wanted to update you on the current situation within the Specialist Teaching Teams and to identify some of the ways in which we can continue to support you. Like other teams, our situation is continually changing depending on the number of individual staff who are unwell and the fact that, staff who are well, may be redeployed to support our special school settings and Alternative Provisions.
We understand that your needs will depend upon your own and your school’s circumstances and capacity, but below are some of the ways in which we can support you via phone, email or video link:
* Pupil reviews
* Specific advice for supporting pupils
* Advice and signposting on SEN CPD opportunities for staff
Where a pupil is an open case, we can also contact parents directly as part of a review or to provide advice on how to support their child’s approach to education at home.
Due to uncertainties around the length of time that the current restrictions will be in place, we are not able to reschedule existing appointments but will be in contact when this becomes possible.
Please contact your Specialist Teacher to identify any support that you would find helpful, if they are unavailable due to sickness or redeployment, their out of office notification will be on and will detail an alternative contact.
Stay safe and we hope to see you all very soon
Wendy Mumford, Jo Kenyon, Jackie Foley and Sally Wade
(Senior Lead Specialist Teachers)