The Home Language Accreditation Project (HoLA) funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, is a city-wide project for Sheffield which aims to raise the educational attainment of bilingual pupils by supporting them to gain a national accreditation in their home language. The project aims to develop and strengthen relationships between community language schools and mainstream schools. The project started with a Pilot Project from 2010 being led by a multi-agency consortium which includes King Edward VII School, Languages Sheffield (a voluntary organisation supporting the learning and maintenance of all languages), Sheffield Children’s University and the Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) at Sheffield City Council. Whether you work in the mainstream or in the complementary sector with primary or secondary aged students, HoLA can help you to help your bilingual students to gain formal accreditation in their home language and make their language count.
In September 2012 the HoLA project was awarded the EU Language Label for its pioneering approach to bilingual learners. Also in 2012 HoLA won the Mary Glasgow Trust Award.
Please make contact if you would like your schools and your students to benefit from HoLA, or to seek advice on accrediting your child's or students' home language skills.