EMPAC – Emgaging Migrant Parents and Children




Partnership: Ealing, UK; Bolgna, Italy; Madrid, Spain; Usti Region, Czech Republic






Progress: Social Experimentation


Ealing Council


Calum Murdoch murdochc@ealing.gov.uk


Progress Call 2011: Social Experimentation


Early years development Migration and cohesion Support for Roma populations




The EMPAC project will deliver against 6 key objectivesEMPAC 1 Family Engagement Audit (FEA) The FEA tool will test the extent to which there is good management of the Sure Start Children’s Centre and School, good cooperation among staff, high expectations of early years practitioners /teachers with readiness to give support, good quality of teaching, good discipline, good equipment and strong parent involvement. It will assist in identifying strengths and weaknesses and in setting SMART goals for organisational improvement. (See Q5 for a fuller explanation of why this evaluation is critical and Annex 1 for an outline of the FEA process)Key Delivery Output: FEAEMPAC 2 Developing new training pedagogies A training package will be designed to address gaps identified by the FEA and will focus on: • Early Years Practitioner/ teacher in-service training to prepare them adequately for teaching migrant children. • Building cultural profiles and backgrounds for newly arrived communities, including a module related to a the importance of cultural identity • Ensuring high expectations of migrant children. Practitioners should have high expectations for the educational attainment of minority students. • Setting goals and employing effective strategies for improving newly arrived children’s attainment in partnership with their parents.Key Delivery Output: Training pedagogyEMPAC 3 Supporting the life chances of children through the quality of parenting Drawing on best practice and research, we will construct and test a suite of early intervention evidence based courses and interventions - see 5.IV for examples drawn from the UK. We will also incorporate a combination of six types of parental involvement in order to maximize the opportunities of enabling parents to integrate. • Parenting • Communicating • Volunteering • Family Learning • Decision Making • Collaborating with local services and the communityKey Delivery Output: Controlled assessment of the different approaches trialled in EMPAC schoolsEMPAC 4 Migrant Parent induction and support programme, • Provide evidence based parenting courses on the UK early years and school education system, how it works and expectations of parents • Introductory courses to ensure greater knowledge and integration in to health and the wider services and community support systems availableKey Delivery Output: Parent Induction and Support ProgrammeEMPAC 5 Pathways to work • Statutory and social partners will undertake a training and employment needs analysis and develop pathways to training recognition, further training and employment for migrant adults. This will be through sign-posting to the ‘Get Ahead’ Project – a matrix approach to adult learning being piloted by Ealing Council’s Adult and Community Learning Team (see Annex 2).Key Delivery Output: Sharing of ‘Get Ahead’ methodology with EMPAC partnersEMPAC 6 Testing the efficacy of the EMPAC intervention Each European partner is expected to pursue it’s own piloting work utilising the EMPAC framework and tools with respect to the best methods of integration with the same broad age range that is being worked with in Ealing – i.e. aged 0 to 11 years.A number of products will result from the programme including the Family Engagement audit and a suite of training materials for use with early years and school-based staff. These materials will be widely available through mechanisms such as a dedicated EMPAC website (to be called EM-GATE as referred to by EMPAC European partners in their letters of commitment).An external evaluation agency will be appointed which will lead the controlled experiment and further evaluate the proposal from the perspective of the “Theory of Change Model” (see Q6 for a fuller introduction to this methodology).An Academic and Policy Research Group will be established to ensure academic rigour in the structure and evaluation of the programme.




Calum Murdoch

6 key outputs as outlined above