We run the Young Interpreter Scheme® at Seymour Park. The scheme provides peer support to pupils and families who are international new arrivals and who are learning English as an Additional Language (EAL).
The Young Interpreter Scheme® recognises the great potential that exists within our 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. We have over 20 languages spoken at Seymour Park so this scheme also gives us a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our amazing multilingualism!
Young Interpreters undergo specific training to prepare for their important role and are selected on the basis of different personal qualities 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. They can also support school staff in a variety of ways at different points during the school day.
Over sixty children from Years 3, 4, and 5 applied to be a Young Interpreter in March 2020, and eighteen lucky children were selected for training. It has been a bit tricky this year, with the pandemic and bubbles, but our Young Interpreter team are still working hard to celebrate the multilingualism in our school family. In April 2021, the team made our amazing multilingual welcome video at the top of this page and created a new display in school introducing themselves.
Our Young Interpreter team really are making a world of difference!
Our Young Interpreters say:
“I love helping people and I love speaking in different languages to people. I am also happy that we have a lot of people that speak different languages in our school.”
“I used to be lonely but Young Interpreters came to me and I played with them the whole playtime so I have learnt from them. I know what to do when people are sad!”
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