Hampshire Young Interpreter Scheme
Hampshire Young Interpreter Scheme overall and grassroots excellence winner of the Guardian Public Services Awards – November 2013
Information about the scheme
“We are extremely proud to be part of this excellent scheme!" International Community School, Amman, Jordan
“I get a great sense of achievement when I see the students I have supported do well in their lessons.” Jake, William Howard School, Cumbria
“Those pupils who act as 'Young Interpreters' make an outstanding contribution to enabling those pupils speaking little English and their parents or carers, take a full part in all school activities. “ Ofsted, November 2010, Kings Furlong Infant School and Nursery, Hampshire
The Hampshire Young Interpreter Scheme aims to provide additional support to pupils who are learning English as an Additional Language (EAL), their families and to schools. The scheme recognises the huge potential that exists within each school community, for pupils of all ages to use their skills and knowledge to support new learners of English, so that they feel safe settled and valued from the start.
The Young Interpreter scheme adds to buddy systems already in place in many schools and is a means of providing more extensive peer support. Young Interpreters undergo specific training to prepare for this role and are selected on the basis of different personal qualities they may have.
Hampshire EMTAS has developed a pack which includes training materials to use with pupils at Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Key Stages 3 and 4, a DVD, access to a Moodle account and a half-termly newsletter. Pupil participants are drawn from both bilingual and monolingual backgrounds, and there is guidance within the pack on ways to select pupils for the scheme.
Student interpreters can be used to:
- Show visitors around the school, particularly EAL new arrivals
- Support other EAL learners in the classroom.
- Regularly monitor that new arrivals are settling into the school and provide updates for the EAL co-ordinator
- Provide taster lessons in other languages for students and or staff
- Buddy up with new arrivals during their first few weeks to demonstrate school routines etc.
- Buddy with new arrivals on the playground and introduce them to other students or show them which clubs/lunchtime activities are available
- Assist communication with other students/ parents/ carers who are new to English in order to support school staff
- Interpret pieces of writing for other EAL learners
- Welcome parents at school events, use bilingual skills to meet and greet, or present information in other languages
Please contact Astrid Gouwy, email:email@example.com, for further details on how you can set up the scheme in your school.
- Young interpreters on hand to help new pupils - It's never easy starting a new school but imagine if you don't even speak the language? A new initiative is being rolled out across Hampshire to help children from different cultures. (Meridian news)
Young Interpreters now have their very own Moodle. Practitioners can access forums, interactive advice and guidance along with the latest news and events relating to the scheme. For more details, please visit and log on as a guest.