I opened my email box and read this lovely thank you. I just have to say thank you for such lovely words but they are the ones doing a great job so deserved to be honoured in this way.
Congratulations everyone and especially Patricia for sending in her application during the Christmas holiday. If I am not mistaken it came in just after Christmas but before New Year.
What a memorable occasion the Primary Languages Classroom Awards ceremony was! Thank you so much for all the hard work and dedication from all the team for organising and promoting this event and to the sponsors for their generous prizes. Primary Modern Languages is a highly specialised, but often neglected, field of expertise so it is wonderful to celebrate achievement in this area and place it firmly in the spotlight. I thank all the pupils of the Glasgow Academy for wholeheartedly embracing this area of the curriculum and helping me turn my ideas into a very enjoyable reality.
Wow, Thanks, are often heard when I ring up to inform the head that they are a finalist for the Primary Language Awards.
This is always the reminder to me why we do these awards prior to this much of my time is spent talking to sponsors arranging prizes and letting schools know that the awards are there and encouraging them to enter. Then collating the entries and arranging the judges and the judging process, as well as the finalist ceremony, and there is not a classroom in sight.
Then comes the time to let the classes and schools know that they are finalists and are to be rewarded for their good practice and commitment to their language learning. One of the things I have always picked up is that these school don’t just teach and learn they enjoy their journey in languages. With so many to choose from I am always amazed at the amount of languages taught some primaries teaching three and those in Wales with the Welsh component some do four.
So back to the phone calls no matter what process, strategy or discussion you are engaged in. No matter who you are engaged in the discussion with, from the Secretary of State for Education, governors, parents or council officials the one thing that must be remembered are the teachers and the children in the classroom. This is where the good practice happens and where young lives are turned onto languages making them ready to be global citizens when they enter the world of work.
To everyone who entered this year thank you it was a tough job to judge all of the entries and even if you didn’t reach the final style the judges were warmed at the good practice that is happening in language learning in so many UK schools.
All of the finalist have today received their logos to proudly display on the websites and paper work.
Well Done everyone you are all winners.