Formerly the New Communities and Travellers team.
What we do?
The Access team support families from Central and Eastern Europe, Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Travellers and vulnerable groups with access to education. The service also supports and signposts its client group, taking into account the wider family support
needs; including SEN, Benefits, and Early Help. Specialist staff in the team advocate on behalf of families who are experiencing barriers in accessing appropriate education settings. There are workers within the team who speak languages including Slovak, Polish,
Czech and Hungarian but we can also access most languages through our partner, Enable2.
Interpreting and translation
For any queries relating to interpreting and translation, please email
email@example.com or call 01274 439393.
Casual interpreters (Czech, Slovak, Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, Hungarian) can be booked through the Education Access team free of charge for interpreting and translation in relation to initial access to education. As they are casual, bookings depend on
their availability. If they aren’t available or the booking does not meet the remit of initial access to education, bookings can be sought through the council’s suppliers; Enable2 and Supreme Linguistics.
Casual interpreters should only be used for the purpose of initial access to education, this might include:
- Supporting families who have no English to take up their allocated school place through phone calls and translated letters
- Translation of SEN documents in other languages for schools to support with enabling the child to access appropriate provision
- Addressing barriers and concerns that are preventing that initial take-up of education (first half-term)
The casual interpreters should not be:
- Supporting schools to conduct welfare or attendance checks on children who have been on their roll longer than a half-term
- Supporting schools to relay messages in relation to health matters or medical needs
- Translating content that is not in relation to children starting and attending school
Free School Meals (FSM)
The Access team only support with FSM enquiries for Asylum Seekers. If you have any other queries relating to FSM, please contact 01274 432772.
Asylum Seeker pupils are eligible for free school meals if they are claiming asylum under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
The responsibility for checking the evidence of Asylum Seeker applicants for free school meals rests with the individual school, information about what evidence to seek from the family to prove their status is included in the 'Quick guide to refugees and
asylum seekers' (below). The evidence should be sent to the Education Access team to ratify and confirm eligibility. Schools should update this on their systems to ensure the child receives free school meals as they will not show on the usual Bradford Schools
Online list. Schools should continue to provide free school meals to these children for as long as they remain an Asylum Seeker. Schools should seek regular updates from families about their status because if their status changes, their free school meal eligibility
may change. For example, families who have a positive decision and are granted refugee status may need to reapply through the usual free school meal application
Refugees and asylum seekers
Refugee and asylum seeker children have the same entitlement to education as other children in the UK however they can often find it harder to access education due a number of barriers which may include language, past experience and trauma. The Access Team
aim to support refugee and asylum seekers into education through practical support and advice. The Access Team is also on hand to provide advice and support to schools who have refugee and asylum seeker children on roll. Please see our 'Quick
guide to refugees and asylum seekers'.
Solace for resettlement families
Solace provide free therapeutic support for children, their family, and their place of education.
This support is available for refugee families who have arrived as part of the UNHCR Resettlement programmes (including the Vulnerable Persons, Vulnerable Children’s and the UK Resettlement Programme) with children, aged from 0 to 19, regardless of the
severity of their symptoms (no lower limit).
Leaflet for parents
Leaflet for parents in Arabic
Brian Nilsson • firstname.lastname@example.org
07899 304 905
How to make a referral for support with access to education?
Referrals to the Access Team can be made by any professional on behalf of the family by completing the
referral form and sending it to email@example.com
Please ensure that families have consented to the referral, where possible getting
consent to sharing information form signed by the family prior to making a referral.
Families can self-refer by contacting us on 01274 439393 or they can attend our drop-in, details below.
The Access Team run a drop-in at Britannia House, every Tuesday morning between 9:30-11:30am during term-time. If families are being signposted to the drop-in, they are asked to attend with the children needing school places and with copies of their ID and
*Drop-in is currently suspended due to COVID-19*
Telephone: 01274 439393