A LEEDS supplementary school has scooped a prestigious award for a project aimed at encouraging more learners to continue studying languages to a higher level.
Leeds Chinese Community School (LCCS) is being hailed as a beacon of good practice after collecting £4,000 and a British Academy Schools Language Award.
More than 100 educational institutions from across the UK submitted proposals for increasing the numbers of students learning languages at higher levels.
The LCCS was one of 14 centres to be rewarded for their ideas – assessed by judges for their “originality, credibility and potential replicability”.
It submitted plans for a drama project involving three different groups of students, aimed at overcoming barriers to taking Chinese at A-Level.
Robin Jackson, chief executive at 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.”
He added: “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.”
LCCS headteacher Dr Ann Kwan said the school was proud to have been chosen for the award and was hoping to share its experience and teaching resources with other Chinese teaching schools.
The centre is a community run, not-for-profit Chinese school, first established in 1966 and registered as a charity in 1985.
It provides Chinese language classes and promotes Chinese culture for school-age children, out of normal school hours.
At present, classes are held on Sunday afternoons during term time at The Grammar School at Leeds, in Alwoodley. The school’s committee said there was a long history of the Chinese community living, working or studying in Leeds and there was a need for a school dedicated to educating younger generations to understand the culture, tradition and languages of China.