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Stirling’s schools come top of the class

Monday 16 December 2019
A string of Stirling’s schools have been recognised nationally for developing language skills among teachers and pupils.
Pupils and staff from Stirling Learning Community collect their award

Stirling Learning Community - which includes Stirling High, Allan’s Primary, Borestone Primary, Braehead Primary, Cambusbarron Primary, Gargunnock Primary and St Ninian’s Primary – received a Scottish Languages Employability Gold Award from Scotland’s National Centre for Languages (SCILT).

The Scottish Government-funded organisation, which promotes and supports high-quality language learning and diversity across the country, also presented St Mary’s Primary in Bannockburn with a silver accolade in the same category.

The achievements celebrate schools that are helping young people learn about the world of work and the value of language skills, through forging partnerships with businesses and other organisations. 

Only one other school in Scotland earned this recognition from the SCILT, highlighting the scale of the Stirling schools’ success.

It comes after Bannockburn Primary School was highlighted as a shining example for its use of an innovative languages programme earlier this year.

Widening opportunities

Kevin Kelman, Stirling Council’s Chief Education Officer and Chief Officer for People, said: “The fact that two out of the three national award winners lie within Stirling Council shows we are leading the way in an important area of the curriculum.

“Learning languages equips our children and young people with valuable skills and knowledge that can help them achieve their potential.

“Congratulations to both St Mary’s Primary and the Stirling Learning Community for achieving this distinction, which underlines our commitment to widening opportunities for everyone in our schools.” 

Schools in the Stirling Learning Community worked with Stirling University, The British Council, Caged Beastie (film and animation company) and the Confucius Institute for Scottish Schools.

As part of their project, more than 200 P7 pupils produced a documentary that was premiered to parents and carers at Stirling High in June.

A top example of innovation

The verification panel for SCILT stated: “It is a top example of innovation in promoting languages through employability. There was a high level of planning and professional commitment that is evident in both the structure of the project and the outcomes.

“There was a great amount of evidence of a wide range of pupils from several schools being involved in a variety of activities with a range of partners.

“Through reading and listening to feedback, it has had an obvious and clear impact upon the culture of language learning in the schools involved in the project, for both learners and staff.”

St Mary’s worked with local community facility, Bannockburn House, with the verification panel stating: “There is a lot of evidence of innovation in the use of Information Communications Technology.

“There were good examples of planning and linking towards Developing the Young Workforce and Curriculum for Excellence, as well as the practical application of Languages in an employability setting.”

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Pictured receiving their awards last month at the University of Strathclyde are staff and pupils from both St Mary’s PS and Stirling High School, who represented Stirling Learning Community.