Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Champions
What is the role of the EDI champions?
We are incredibly proud to have 50 wonderful EDI Champions at Round Hill from Years 1 to 6. The EDI Champions club runs every Friday lunchtime. This year we are continuing the award-winning Young Interpreter Scheme at Round Hill that we started last year. However, the children will now be referred to as EDI Champions to reflect the breadth of their role in school.
The role of an EDI Champion is to:
- be a peer-mentor for pupils who are new to English or new to school
- support other children at breaktime and lunchtime
- be a role model for other children
- conduct tours of the school for new families and children
- increase awareness of the Fundamental British Values
- promote equality, diversity and inclusion through providing information about these in assemblies
- make posters and displays to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion
- have an opportunity to use their first language to communicate with others
- raise the profile in school of multilingualism
- remind others of key religious and cultural festivals which happen throughout the year
- design our EDI logo for our website, badges and displays around the school
It is a high profile responsibility for which training is provided. This training is with a view to acknowledge and develop pupils’ existing interpreting and communication skills and to allow them to explore how they can help children settle in to Round Hill. At the end of their training, the children are awarded a lanyard and certificate. The lanyards help other children know that they can come and ask for help for an EDI Champion and also allow staff to see which children have received the training.
The children first receive their training based on the Young Interpreters Scheme training package and then once the training is completed we also do a variety of promotion activities for equality, diversity and inclusion around school. Please see more information about the Young Interpreters scheme below:
Mrs. Bond is the EDI Champion coordinator. She leads the sessions and ensures that the children are used appropriately around the school – that is as buddies, not replacements for professional interpreters or bilingual staff.
Please see the consent letter below for more information or contact the school office for the attention of Mrs. Bond.