LANGUAGE students from King’s Ely who have been helping to teach younger children a wide range of modern foreign languages have received the Routes into Languages’ Language Leaders Award.

The main aim of the Language Leaders programme is for the young leaders to prepare and teach two lessons to Year 7 students at King’s Ely Junior. As part of their linguistic ambassador roles, they also carry out activities to support the modern foreign languages department as a whole, such as mentoring fellow students, organising and leading the Year 9 song competition and creating documents to help younger pupils with their grammar, with the aim of developing independence and leadership skills.

Language Leaders is a scheme sponsored and accredited by Routes into Languages, which works with the government to promote participation and innovation in language learning with a view to making a lasting impact within the school sector and the wider community. Sarah Schechter from Routes into Languages, who is based at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, presented the students with their awards at this week’s Senior assembly.

“King’s Ely is a school which believes in the transformative power of education and that, as members of a global community, language learning is key to the sharing of ideas, to mobility across borders and even the breaking down of ideological barriers,” said Sue Freestone, Principal at King’s Ely.

Sue added: “Language learning strands at King’s Ely are manifold and we’ve just been reaccredited with the British Council’s International School Award for what they call our “fantastic” international work.”

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