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2013 Primary Language Classroom Winners announced

Congratulations to the winners

French : Glasgow Academy Prep School, Glasgow

German : Hungerford Primary School, Islington

EAL : Maindee Primary School, Newport

Welsh : Pontlliw Primary School, Swansea

Other : Barlows Primary School, Liverpool

Look out for the revamped website with the judges comments and pictures to come.


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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Uk Census celebrates languages spoken in the UK

I read the report on the most recent census and saw what a diverse linguistic country we have. There are many students and teachers involved with languages other than English. I am beginning to wonder if we should not start introducing more categories to the awards to ensure all primary language classrooms are represented fairly.

It is nice to see this year an entrant for Japanese and another for Cornish so perhaps we are reaching everyone we want to.

The recent census shows:

Some 4 million – or 8% – reported speaking a different main language other than
English or Welsh.

This will be reflected in schools and extended support or supplementary schools as well as Saturday schools.

Also we should see confident language learners arising particularly in those who keep up their first language as well as learning their second, third etc.

In Wales, 97% – 2.9 million of residents – reported English or Welsh as their
main language and 19%, 562,000, reported that they could speak Welsh.

The top 10 reported languages were English, followed by Polish, Panjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Arabic, French, Chinese (excluding Mandarin and Cantonese, which were the 27th and 40th most commonly-used languages) and Portuguese.

The figures also showed that not all languages were spoken – with 22,000 people using sign language.

I am glad that the awards reflect this trend and this years introduction of sign language demonstrates our wish to reach all language learners.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21259401 and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20681551


Good Luck and Well Done to all our shortlisted schools they have a tough job that they are doing really well.