A Liverpool college has been honoured nationally for their excellence in languages at the British Academy Schools Language Awards. With competition from around the country, South Sefton College in Litherland was recognised with the prestigious award as they developed their sixth form students became ‘Language Leaders’; undertaking work placements as language assistants in schools across the City Region. The college was also awarded the additional prize of overall National British Academy Language Award; being awarded two cheques amounting to £10,000 to continue their excellence in languages.
The winning project was selected by a panel of judges from over 100 applications from across the UK. South Sefton College’s application showcased the organisation’s ‘Love Languages’ project; an intensive programme of language enhancement designed to enable students to develop their knowledge of languages whilst cultivating invaluable skills for university or the world of work. As well as promoting the college’s love of languages within schools, there are unique opportunities for students to undertake work experience placements within the context of language learning, working with university lecturers at University of Liverpool and Manchester Metropolitan University and expanding their awareness of cultural diversity.
The British Academy Schools Language Award will fund further development of the project, such as, work experience placements abroad and strengthening international links with schools and businesses.
As winners of the national accolade, South Sefton College has also been invited to be a part of the Born Global research project; an initiative which aims to investigate the nature and extent of language needs in the labour market and implications for languages education from school to higher education. The Born Global programme looks to develop a deeper understanding of how language is used in the workplace for different purposes. South Sefton College will sit alongside such prestigious organisations as British Chamber of Commerce and Confederation of British Industry to represent Liverpool schools. The British Academy Schools Language Award will fund further development of the project, such as, work experience placements abroad and strengthening international links with schools and businesses.
On the Love Languages project, students were able to promote their love of languages whilst undertaking foreign language work experience placements. Students were also given the chance to work with local university lecturers; helping them form invaluable relationships for them to use in the future.
A panel of judges assessed the originality, credibility and potential sustainability of the proposals and awarded South Sefton College with a British Academy Schools Award alongside 13 other schools up and down the country.
Dr Kim Wallace, assistant principal, at South Sefton College said:
“It’s fabulous to be recognised for our Love Languages project; the initiative is something that has been in development for 2 years, and the uptake for the programme and the passion from all involved has intensified year on year. We’re so happy to also have received a further award in recognition of the outstanding achievements of this student-led project. At South Sefton College, we’re renowned for being incredibly passionate about offering a broad range of enrichment programmes for our students. We believe that each of our young people deserve to be given the very best opportunities to meet leaders outside the sphere of the college to help them prepare for the world of work or higher education.”
Robin Jackson, chief executive and secretary of the British Academy said:
“The aim of these awards is to find imaginative and effective ways of encouraging more learners to take languages to higher levels, and to encourage inclusiveness in the profile of language learners. It is clear from the response that mainstream and supplementary schools around the country share our concerns and we are delighted to have received so many high quality applications. We heartily congratulate the winning projects, whose progress we will follow with great interest. We hope they will become beacons of good practice and inspiration and help to turn the tide on Britain’s language deficit.”
To find out more about South Sefton College and the enrichment programmes it runs, visit www.southsefton.com.