School effectiveness

Engaging migrant parents and children (Empac)

Empac was a research project funded by the European Commission from October 2012 until March 2015.


The aim of the project was to improve the integration and educational achievement of under-performing newly-arrived migrant pupils aged three to 11 years old. This was achieved by identifying and piloting new and existing strategies for supporting the integration of newly-arrived families and children into school life within a rigorous research framework

Ealing Council was the lead agency for the project and delivered it in partnership with the Municipality of Bologna, Italy (Department of Education) and the Ústí Region of the Czech Republic


The key objectives of the project are listed below.

To construct and test a family engagement audit (FEA) tool to assess the extent to which the school/children’s centre contributes to the welfare of newly arrived migrant pupils and their families and assist in setting goals for organisational improvement.

To develop new training pedagogies designed for early years practitioners, teachers and other educationally based staff in order to increase understanding and acceptance of migration and to develop educational strategies to prevent underachievement in young migrants.

To strengthen the knowledge and capacity of migrant parents to support their children’s development, through participation in a suite of evidence based courses interventions and supporting parenting engagement.

To increase migrant families understanding and participation in education and health services

To reduce poverty for migrant families by developing innovative approaches to adult education and supporting the work journey to employment for migrant adults.

To monitor and review the effectiveness of the EMPAC interventions tested with European partners and ensure long term sustainability by disseminating best practice to the wider EU community.

Contact us

Sarah Thompson
Extended services adviser
Tel: 020 8825 7372

Choose from the following

Key research findings from each of the partner countries.

Transnational dimension
Information about the transnational element of the project.

Resources for schools and children’s centres
Copies of the resources produced for use by schools and other educational settings.

Presentations from the final conference.

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Last updated: 14 Mar 2017