Sally BrandSally Brand

Sally has worked as an Administration Assistant with EMAS, formerly MGSS, for over 25 years.  Over that time the job has changed a lot from supporting a large team of teachers and senior staff to managing an Admin Team, booking Multilingual Assistants and monitoring Service Level Agreements. The Admin Team book Multilingual Assistants out to schools for: ongoing work supporting newly arrived pupils speaking little or no English on arrival; one-off meetings and phone calls on behalf of schools to parents who do not speak English.  We are involved in the recruitment and training of new Multilingual Assistants, monitor school Service Level Agreement buy-in, invoice for work completed, and process and pay Newly Arrived Grant claims.  We check and approve payment to all of our casual staff, along with answering the phone and monitoring the functional mailbox and dealing with all incoming email queries.

Debbie OutramDebbie Outram

Debbie has worked as an Administration Assistant with EMAS, for 10 years.  She helps Sally with all admin duties including booking Multilingual Assistants out to schools for ongoing work in schools, for one-off meetings and phone calls, checking hours worked by all of our casual staff for payment approval, answering the phone, monitoring the functional mailbox and dealing with all incoming email queries.

Amanda MillicanAmanda Millican

Amanda has been an advisory teacher supporting multilingual learners in Solihull and Coventry in both primary and secondary schools.  She has worked with a range of learners from emergent bilingual learners to more advanced bilingual learners and with bilingual learners who have additional learning differences. She currently supports New Arrivals in mainstream schools in Coventry and works as part of the EMAS team to support the inclusion of pupils on UKRS, ARAP and Homes 4 Ukraine resettlement schemes in secondary schools in Coventry. She is an Individual Licensed Practitioner for The Bell Foundation and delivers a range of  CPD programmes to schools in Coventry.  Her prior experiences include teaching Modern Foreign Languages at secondary level for over 10 years, working as an EAL Co-ordinator in a primary school in Warwickshire, working in a Speech and Language provision within a primary school in Solihull and teaching English to young refugees for Refugee Education UK (REUK) and Refugee Action.

Jo WigfieldJoanna Wigfield

Jo’s career supporting bilingual learners began when teaching English as a Foreign Language in Poland to children and adults followed by teaching English for Academic Purposes at Coventry University to international students. As a qualified primary trained teacher, she has taught in Coventry schools for over ten years, some of which was spent championing and leading on EAL. She has also studied at postgraduate level in order to specialise in Primary mathematics. At EMAS, Jo works as an EAL advisory teacher offering support and advice to school staff and supporting the inclusion of primary aged pupils on particular resettlement schemes such as UKRS, ARAP and Homes 4 Ukraine from EYFS to Year Six.

Petra WaddellPetra Waddell

Petra has been working as a class teacher and EAL coordinator in Coventry primary schools for 20 years. She has worked with teachers and pupils to support new arrivals and advanced  EAL learners across all year groups including EYFS, and as part of an Inclusion team supporting EAL pupils with special educational needs. Previous experience has focussed on developing speaking and listening with early language learners in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 to encourage language acquisition and confidence in communication, alongside effective assessment and tracking of language proficiency to support attainment.

She currently works as part of the EMAS team in Coventry primary schools supporting the inclusion of UKRS and ARAP refugee pupils, providing 1-1 advisory support to staff and CPD training.

Marilena RichardsMarilena Richards

Marilena has previously worked as an EAL co-ordinator in a secondary school and is currently a PhD Education student researching language and literacy development of multilingual migrant children. Marilena has previously worked with other secondary schools to improve the EAL provision and attainment of newly arrived EAL children, focusing on inclusive education, more specifically, multilingual teaching and learning strategies within the classroom context. In her current role, Marilena works as an advisory teacher as part of the EMAS team and is responsible for assessing EAL children who are part of the UKRS and ARAP Resettlement Scheme, advising schools on best EAL practice and delivering diverse CPD programmes across primary and secondary schools in Coventry.

Michelle AndrewsMichelle Andrews

Michelle has recently joined EMAS as an achievement co-ordinator after working in two Coventry primary schools for 16 years. She has a languages background and has worked as MFL lead and EAL lead implementing assessment monitoring and tracking systems, coordinating EAL interventions and induction programmes. Michelle has worked with Schools of Sanctuary and Coventry City of Culture to raise awareness of people seeking sanctuary and has experience in running language and culture events as well as integrating Refugee Week into the school calendar. She is committed to promoting the benefits of bilingualism and supporting teaching staff in developing inclusive classroom strategies.

She currently works part-time with the EMAS team supporting newly arrived, resettlement children and offering 1:1 advisory support to teaching staff and CPD training to Coventry schools.