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Academy pupils receive top award at regional Business Language Champions event

Language and business skills were put to the test as pupils at The Dukeries Academy in Ollerton were successful at Business Language Champions ‘Glastonbury Goes Global’ event.

Competing against students from other Nottinghamshire schools, the team were required to organise and promote an international music festival in the country of their target language, testing their cultural and language skills and understanding.  

The team from The Dukeries Academy, part of Academy Transformation Trust, won the language prize for their outstanding effort to speak in German throughout the day. Year 9 pupils Kate Lilliman, Kieran Littlewood, Morgan Parr, Charlie Richardson, Rose Slater and Anya Tomlinson represented the academy at the event held in Mansfield. Kieran Littlewood also received an individual prize for his effort to communicate in German.

Tasks included promoting a star attraction through a radio advert and programme; pitching the event to the other teams and answering searching questions from a ‘local council’ – all in their target language of German.

Business Language Champions aims to promote modern foreign languages and cultural cohesion by demonstrating to young people the importance of language skills in the workplace. ‘Glastonbury Goes Global’ is one of several events held by the social enterprise, and is targeted at Year 9 pupils in the run up to choosing their options, demonstrating modern foreign languages as a valuable choice that is relevant to their future.

The achievement comes as part of the wider languages strategy of Academy Transformation Trust. ATT recognises the importance of language learning from an early age and is committed to raising standards in modern foreign languages. The Trust embed learning experiences which go beyond the classroom in its curriculum to improve literacy, cultural understanding and the world of work. This curriculum recognises that it is important to expose pupils to different languages and cultures to gain essential skills for future success.

Nico Burns, Subject Leader for Modern Foreign Languages at The Dukeries Academy said: “It was great to see the pupils putting their skills from different subject areas into practice and we’re obviously very happy to have won the language prize.”

Ian Barton, Principal at The Dukeries Academy commented: “I am extremely proud of our pupils for achieving recognition of their skill and interest in languages. It is important that we provide enriching experiences beyond the classroom to show pupils that what they learn now has practical benefits in the real world. Their success has given these pupils confidence in their abilities and in the value of their education. I hope that through sharing their experiences, more pupils will be encouraged to pursue a language.”

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