Young Interpreter Scheme
What is the role of a Young Interpreter?
Bilingual pupils use their language skills in a variety of ways to help new arrivals access English and feel part of the school. Alongside English-only speakers, they learn different strategies to clarify, explain and ‘interpret’ a whole range of school activities and procedures to students new to English.
The Young Interpreter Scheme recognises the huge potential that exists within our school community for girls 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.
Young Interpreters undergo specific training and are selected based on different personal qualities they may have. The support they can offer to a newly arrived student 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.
During February, 21 girls from Years 8 to 10 are taking part in a training programme to become Young Interpreters where the skills and qualities required are explored: kindness, friendliness, responsible, listening, good communication, sensitivity and empathy
Once trained the Young Interpreters will show visitors around the school, particularly children who are new to English and their families, buddy up with new arrivals, meet up with new arrivals at break and lunch time and introduce them to other students, support staff by communicating with students, to help new arrivals and their parents communicate.
This is a fantastic opportunity for our girls to develop their leadership skills and initiative while making a real contribution to the school community.