This is a scheme we run throughout Magdalen Gates with great success. If a child starts school with a first language other than English, we try to pair them up with another speaker of their first language. This gives the child a person to go to whenever they are feeling lost or overwhelmed. Teachers and support staff are aware of the children’s “language buddies” and are happy for them to be called for at any time of the school day. Starting a new school can be intimidating, especially if you aren’t confident in your ability to communicate, using Young Interpreters is one way in which we strive to make new pupils feel welcome, safe and included.