Hampshire New Arrival Ambassador Scheme
- What is the scheme
The New Arrivals Ambassadors Scheme provides additional support to pupils who are joining a school part way through the year for example Looked After Children, Travellers or pupils new to the area. It recognises the huge potential that exists within each school community for pupils of all ages to use their skills and knowledge to support new arrivals so that they feel safe, settled and valued from the start.
New Arrivals Ambassadors undergo specific training to prepare for this role and are selected on the basis of different personal qualities and experience they may have. The support they can offer to a newly-arrived pupil can be very reassuring from a parent or carer’s point of view at a time when their child may be adapting to substantial changes. It also supports school staff in a variety of ways at different points during the school day.
- How do I train New Arrivals Ambassadors at my school
Hampshire EMTAS has published a New Arrivals Ambassadors Scheme Guidance pack. The Primary pack includes training materials to use with pupils at Key Stages 1 and 2 while the Secondary pack can be used with pupils at Key Stages 3 and 4. The pack includes all the materials you need to train your New Arrivals Ambassadors.
- What is the role of New Arrivals Ambassadors
New Arrivals Ambassadors use their communication skills in a variety of ways to help new arrivals feel part of the school. They explain a whole range of school activities, systems and procedures to new entrants through the medium of pupil–friendly communication and develop resources to help the new arrival settle quickly into the life of the school.
- What are the benefits of the scheme to the New Arrivals Ambassadors themselves
Through their training, New Arrivals Ambassadors learn how to become hybrid peer mentors. They learn how to communicate and impart information effectively and they develop their skills in negotiating and supporting others. Through their participation in the scheme, pupils will develop greater pride in their setting and the skills to listen well and speak with confidence to people of all ages and stages in their educational environment.
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