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English project in the running for national award
3:10pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Education
A PIONEERING Hampshire project, aimed at helping children for whom English is not their first language to settle at school, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
Hampshire Young Interpreters, a scheme developed by Hampshire County Council’s Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS), in partnership with schools, has been shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian Public Services Awards under the Grassroots Excellence category.
Relying on peer mentoring, using pupils who have been specially trained to support newly arrived pupils, the scheme helps them to settle in and encourages them to share their culture and traditions with their new classmates.
Councillor Peter Edgar, executive member for education, said: “This is fantastic news. This is an immensely worthwhile scheme that enables young people to develop empathy and compassion for their peers from other cultures while giving practical support to children coming into the community whose first language is not English.”
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