We recognise that within the Shirley School community we have the skills and knowledge to make all our learners feel safe, settled and valued, from the moment they arrive. We want to harness that potential. Our school’s new Young Interpreters scheme aims to support pupils who are learning English as an Additional Language (EAL). This can be through child-friendly English strategies or through a shared 'home language'.
The Young Interpreters have specific training to get them ready for their role, and are recognised with a badge and a certificate given out in an achievement assembly. All the children chosen have been very enthusiastic about joining the scheme. We hope that the Young Interpreters will enjoy and learn from their new role, while helping others.
Here's what our young interpreters think about the job:
"I like it because I like to help people who are new to the school, and make them feel welcome here." Zahin - Year 6
"It's a really good opportunity and a big help to people who don't know English, coming to this school." Rima - Year 3