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Language awards presented to Welsh primary schools

19/03/2012 Joanna
Two primary schools in Wales have been recognised with national awards for the quality of their language education provisions.

At the Primary Languages Classroom Awards at the Education Show in Birmingham on Friday (March 16th), Pillgwenlly Primary School in Newport and Alderman Davies Church in Wales Primary School in Neath picked up the awards.

Primary teachers at the schools were celebrating the awards, which recognise the quality of languages teaching and learning in schools right across the UK.

The five categories of the awards include Welsh, French, German, English as an Additional Language and other languages.

Pillgwenlly Primary School won the Teaching English as an Additional Language award and Alderman Davies Church in Wales Primary School picked up the Welsh Language Award.

The Welsh minister for education and skills, Leighton Andrews, congratulated the schools for the hard work they put in that saw them win the awards.

"These awards are further proof that we have some world class best practice in Wales and I want to see this being shared across the whole of the country and the profession," he said.

Mr Andrews added that studying languages at primary schools is vital to provide the foundation for children to build on when they get to secondary school.

At the multi-cultural Pillgwenlly School around 32 different languages are spoken  and judges commended the school for its include motto of 'we play, learn and work together' as cultivating an ethos of acceptance.

Primary teachers at Alderman Davies were praised for the practical way in which they teach Welsh, helping pupils foster an understanding of both their Welsh language and heritage.

Liz Foxwell, the organiser of the Primary Languages Classroom Awards, commented that the awards act as a benchmark for schools.

"Research has indicated that the earlier children begin learning a language, the easier the transition to secondary school where high attainment levels in languages can be harder to achieve," she said.

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