Who We Are

We are a highly qualified group of EAL and EMA consultants with extensive experience across schools. We hold training events and courses in the Central Region, which are attended by people from all over the country. Some of our members are also available as independent consultants to offer bespoke training for your school.

About Us

CEMA began in 2007 as The West Midlands EAL Hub, serving the fourteen authorities in the West Midlands. We still have a steering group of members from some of these West Midlands authorities. We host courses and events which promote the needs of ethnic minority learners and learners of English as an Additional Language. We aim to support one another, to share information and to provide training for EMA specialists, school leaders, teachers and teaching assistants to develop aspects of EMA work in schools.

Our fourteen authorities promote EMA and EAL in a variety of different ways. Some of these authorities are fortunate still to have Ethnic Minority Achievement teams, other authorities find consultancy in this area considerably depleted. Our aim is to ensure that schools know where they can find support and training for EMA and EAL in the central region. Some of our members are employed by a local education authority or in schools, while others are now working independently.
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Mary Maybank

MA, PGCE, MEd (Bilingualism in Education)
Managing Director of CEMA, Language/EAL Consultant

Julie Griffiths

Director of CEMA, School Improvement Adviser

Rena Saggu

Director of CEMA, School Improvement Adviser