The Home Language Accreditation Project (HoLA) was a partnership initiative between King Edward V11 School and the charity, Languages Sheffield, also involving the Sheffield Children’s University and the Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) within Sheffield City Council. HoLA was set up in 2011 and ran until December 2017. The aims of the project were to:
- raise awareness of heritage languages
- celebrate the achievements of bilingual young people
- support bilingual young people to gain qualifications in their mother tongue
- support Complementary Schools through training and bespoke guidance
- facilitate links between Complementary Schools and mainstream schools in order to raise the overall attainment of bilingual young people and support their language learning
Many successful activities were organised as part of the project including: enabling young people to gain qualifications at GCSE or A-level in their home language; giving bilingual young people the opportunity to gain ‘Young Interpreters’ Level 1 and Level 2 accreditation; use of the ASDAN Languages Short Course to reward and validate bilingual young people’s learning (especially in languages for which GCSEs do not exist); large annual events at Sheffield Hallam University to celebrate heritage languages and the achievements of the young people who speak them (photos from the end of project celebration event in November 2017 appear throughout this website).
See below a short film about the HoLA project: