The winning projects ranged from a primary initiative to boost Spanish and global cultural awareness in Birmingham, to an Essex University scheme providing all students with the chance to study a language for free for a year. With this year's Label award priorities focusing on ICT and community languages, London's Peace School (hosted by Braintcroft Primary School, Neasden) ticked all the boxes, picking up the award for supplementary education with its focus on Arabic and ICT.
At the awards ceremony, Britain's school pupils and teachers also proved they have the talent to compete internationally when the trophies were handed out for the Language Perfect World Championships – a worldwide online languages competition that encourages pupils to learn vocabulary, verbs and common phrases from a wide range of languages.
The highest scoring school in the UK, receiving the Association for Language Learning Top School award, was Arden School from Solihull, which helped England finish third overall in the contest. The highest scoring pupil, receiving the European Commission Representation in the UK Top Student Award, was Emily Guest from the Redhill Academy, Nottingham. Emily also came first in the world for learning German!
The European Language Label is part of the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme and has recognised more than 1,600 innovative projects across Europe since 1999. The Label is coordinated in the UK by CfBT Education Trust on behalf of Ecorys.