The project is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and aims to develop and strengthen relationships between community language schools and mainstream schools. The project is 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.
HoLA helps mainstream and complementary schools with the process and preparation for examination entry and trains and supports native speakers from the community to conduct the speaking component of GCSE. In this way the project brings together complementary schools and their resources (linguistic expertise, cultural knowledge, links with the community) with mainstream schools and their resources and infrastructure to support the children whose education they both share.
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.