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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.”

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