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Sheffield City Council is celebrating after winning the Working Together Award at the 2013/2014 Shine a Light Awards
Sheffield City Council is celebrating after winning the Working Together Award at the 2013/2014 Shine a Light Awards
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A team which works to improve the language skills of pupils in 15 Sheffield primaries schools has won a major national award for the third year in a row.

The Every Sheffield Child Articulate and Literate team won the Working Together Award in recognition of their work with speech and language therapists in the south east of the city.

Their success also came at the 2013/2014 Shine a Light Awards for their wider work in delivering a city-wide literacy strategy to develop speech, language and communication skills for under 19s.

The award was presented at a London ceremony by TV presenter and campaigner Anne Diamond.

The event honours individuals, teams, campaigns and communities that have excelled in their support of children and young people’s communication.

In the 15 Sheffield primary schools 43 languages are spoken and nearly 50 per cent of pupils are eligible for funding due to their disadvantaged backgrounds.

The ESCAL strategy included a focus on equipping staff to meet the language needs of bilingual learners and valuing mother tongues where the percentage of children from black and minority ethic groups was double the national average.

All the schools received resources to support children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.

And a range of activities and initiatives included a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for nursery children and a 10-week creativity project for schools on speaking and listening.