Education for children who are new to the UK

All our schools and academies work hard to raise the achievement and ambitions of ethnic minority children and young people. This includes those newly arrived in the UK.

Help for parents

If you've just arrived in England and you have a child aged between five and 16, you need to apply for a school place through school admissions.  

If your child is already in school and needs extra support, talk to your child’s teacher and they'll explore how they can help.

Help for schools

If you have children in your school who are ‘new arrivals’ (pupils who have recently arrived in this country who speak little or no English), you can get help to meet their education and welfare needs. This would be from Barnsley’s champion schools.

Barnsley’s champion schools are:

  • Queens Road Academy - to support primary schools across the borough
  • Horizon Community College - to support secondary schools across the borough.

What champion schools offer

Each champion school will offer support in the following ways:

  • practice showcase events 
    Scheduled half-day sessions when the school will open it's doors to colleagues to visit and experience practice first-hand. Each showcase will have a key focus and begin with an initial session led by the Champion School’s staff. Colleagues will then have time to undertake an enquiry walk to experience the school’s provision. They will then get together to share thoughts and be shown the related online materials.

  • online materials
    A series of resources and guidance documents intended to answer the frequently asked questions schools face when developing provision for EAL learners.

  • open house meetings
    Scheduled twilight sessions allowing colleagues to visit the Champion School to meet with staff. They can then explain the online materials in more detail.