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Spilsby Primary School shortlisted for National Language Award- news

With less than two weeks to go finalists of the awards are getting excited.  Spilsby Primary School in Lincoln is one of the schools on the shortlist and has shared their excitement with their community.

Their story is below.

We wish them Good Luck.

SPILSBY Primary School is waiting in anticipation after being shortlisted for  a national language award.

The UK’s largest educational resources show is  hosting the fifth annual national Primary Language Classroom Awards (PLCA) at  Birmingham NEC where Spilsby Primary School will be battling it out against 14  other schools to win one of the five awards.

Spilsby Primary School Finalists 2013

Spilsby Primary School Finalists 2013

Headteacher Louise Davidson said: “Spilsby Primary School is thrilled at  having being shortlisted by the PLCA for our work across the school in learning  French and specifically in year six.

“French specialist Louisa Roberts has been instrumental in developing  immersive activities to encourage children to engage with both the French  culture and the learning of the language over the past five years but she and  the children have never been nominated for an award before.”

A panel of professional educational and language experts, including  headteachers and classroom teachers will independently judge the awards.

Each category winner will receive at least £500 of tailored resources from  sponsors to support their language learning into 2013 and beyond.

Director of the Primary Language Classroom Awards Liz Foxwell said: “It gives  us great pleasure to be hosting our fifth annual PLCA presentation at the  Education Show 2013.

“The exceptional work and dedication of teachers throughout the UK in the  promotion of languages must not go unnoticed. Teachers who show a love of  languages and belief in their student’s ability need to be celebrated, as do  staff teaching students with varied English language proficiency which can be a  daunting task.

“We look forward to celebrating the achievements of this year’s winners who  are great ambassadors of best practice.”

The Education Show runs from March 14-16 and is free to attend.

For more information visit http://www.educationshow.com.

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Everyone a winner

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.

Free Seminars for Language CPD

Here are the details for the speakers at the Language Information Point on Friday 15th march at the Education Show. Remember to come and celebrate with the Primary Language Awards winners at 2.00.

Time person Title Details

2012 PLCAwards winner   – Other

Richard Benson



2012 PLCAwards winner   – French

Jackie Rayment

On Track!

An innovative project   which has fostered working relationships across the MFL and PE departments.   All very appropriate at a time when the London Olympics were uppermost in   pupils’ thoughts! But this resource has a shelf life way beyond the Games. A   collection of ideas and activities to integrate French and PE activities at   all key stages.




This   workshop will show:

· how   languages can be taught through sport and related activities.

· how   to bridge the gap between KS2 & KS3 ( transition)

· how   to re-engage hard to reach pupils.

· how   to raise standards.

· how   to improve uptake at Key Stage 4

how   to include SMSC

A workshop full of   inspiring resources and techniques to make learning more active! Some of the   differentiated and Going for Gold activities are more suitable for more able   students at key stage 3 and even KS4 & 5



2.00 Primary Language   Awards Ceremony Come and celebrate   with the winners and listen to our guest speakers. Winners for French,   German, EAL, Welsh and Other including sign language