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Gwent Education Minority-ethnic Service

Gwent Education Minority-ethnic Service (GEMS) supports Newport students whose first language is not English or Welsh.  We work closely with schools and parents to help students improve their English language skills.

GEMS provides:

  • advice, support and guidance on race equality for schools and governing bodies
  • bilingual assessments to establish language support requirements
  • home visits to ensure that good communications between parents and the school are established.  Essential school information is passed to parents in their home language and their concerns and questions are passed back to the school.

Interpretation and translating service

GEMS administers a small interpretation and translation service in some community languages of Newport.

All forms of public service interpreting and translating are undertaken at competitive rates using a team of accredited translators and interpreters who are fully qualified and DBS checked.

Languages available are Arabic, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish.

Email for further information.


For further information email or telephone:

  • (01633) 851502
  • (01633) 851504
  • (01633) 851505

The GEMS external specialist at The John Frost School is Ilona Dziedzic. Email