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EAL and cross-cultural support in schools and U5 settings

Our dedicated EAL team works across Somerset in schools and pre-schools to support parents, children and teaching staff.

We’ve been working in Somerset’s classrooms since 2015, and our team really understands the issues faced by those who come from other countries to make Somerset home.


Joanna Szmaj is fantastic at her job and makes everyone feel at ease throughout the process of translating.

K.O. , Social Worker

Joanna has been a fantastic help through out working with this family. She has been on time, friendly, approachable and efficient throughout every meeting.

L.W., Social Worker

Monika was really helpful and supported the children well.

Little Discoveries Nursery

Schools and early years settings:
Polish communication needs

– Just email [email protected] with your booking request.
– We’ll usually email confirmation on the same day. You can find out more about our great team here.

We can work face-to-face, or by telephone or e-conferencing with parents. In most cases, we are available at very short notice for work which does not involve travel.

Linkworker School
Linkworker help

What we can help with

Our support contract is available for Polish speakers only under contract to Somerset County Council. For other languages, schools and early years providers should first seek support from other preferred providers; in some cases, we are able to help if other language support is not available.

The service is free at the point of delivery for early years providers, and chargeable to schools from EAL funding at £38 per hour.

Our bilingual support workers can help with:
– parent-teacher meetings
– parent liaison and info sharing
– overcoming cross-cultural barriers
– helping to assess a child’s ability
– providing help on a child’s first day at school
– in-class support to help a child integrate and gain confidence
– preparing children and parents for starting school or pre-school
– translating documents

This was the best experience. He love so much. The teacher of his school said to me that he is like different child. BIG Thank You for what you done for us.

KC, parent

I just want to say big thank you for a second lesson per week with our great teacher. My son very happy and always wait a new lessons.

KK, parent

I would like to thank for my children’s online lessons. I believe that now will be easier for them to start learning at the school. I hope that our cooperation will continue in the next academic year.

ES, Parent

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