Soft Touch worked with students at Hamilton Community College and Babington Community Technology College to create two series of books for secondary aged students who are at an early stage of learning English as a second language.
The idea originally came up through recognizing that there is little suitable reading material for students who are learning English as an additional language. The books were created through a series of workshops with a group of students in each college – they thought up the storylines and took the photos. Many of the participants were themselves from newly arrived communities and so could contribute ideas to make the books as relevant as possible. The books are being used in schools throughout Leicester and Leicestershire. They were were created in partnership with the Minority Ethnic Language and Achievement Service and the two colleges.