Bedford wins top awards at European Language Awards
Bedford Borough Council has won the top award at a European
awards ceremony for their innovative work to teach European
languages to school children.
Bedford Borough School Improvement Service has developed a resource
package for teaching foreign languages in combination with other
subjects such as Maths and Science as children move from lower to
middle schools in the borough. Bedford’s work, which took the life
of snails as its theme, was so highly thought of by the judges that
it also won the prize for the best project for language teaching to
primary school children and the Spanish Language prize.
No other organisation in the country matched Bedford Borough
Council’s achievements in scooping three awards!
The awards ceremony was held at Europe House, the headquarters of
the European Commission in London.
Bedford Borough Council was represented by school children from
Bromham Lower School, Priory Lower School, Springfield Lower
School, and their teachers who, with Shackleton Lower School,
Daubeney Middle School and Westfield Middle School, have all been
involved with the ‘On the Snail Trail’ project.
Councillor David Sawyer, Portfolio Holder for Education, said:
“Winning these awards is excellent recognition of the work which is
taking place to improve the education of our young people. Language
skills are a vital part of a child’s overall education. I am
delighted that projects like these give young people opportunity to
expand their life experiences. I would like to congratulate
everyone involved in this fantastic success.”