Preston school wins top award after wowing judges with innovative approach to closing literacy gap

Eldon Primary School uses these methods to close the language and vocabulary gap between wealthier and socially disadvantaged children

Representatives from Eldon Primary School after picking up their award

A Preston primary school has been crowned a winner at the Educate Awards – after wowing judges with its effective and innovative approach.

Eldon Primary School was awarded the Innovative and Creative Literacy Award, which noted its development of literacy skills across all levels of learning. The school was recognised for the opportunities it provides pupils to enhance their reading experience through creative methods, such as the transformation of classrooms into bespoke 4D immersive rooms.

The school also transformed a once-derelict piece of land nearby into ‘Eldon Burrow’, an outdoor learning space. Eldon Primary School uses these methods to close the language and vocabulary gap between wealthier and socially disadvantaged children.

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Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, said: “Congratulations to Eldon Primary School for winning the Innovative & Creative Literacy Award at this year’s Educate Awards.

“A big well done to the runners up and finalists too. Results this year were incredibly close, and judges had a difficult time deciding not only the shortlist but also overall the winners.

Kim added: “The Educate Awards team is proud to champion the innovation, diversity and dedication that is taking place in educational establishments around the region. Entries will open again in February 2023 and we encourage all types of schools and colleges to submit as many entries as they like, for free.”

Now in its eleventh year, the Educate Awards showcases the hard work and creativity that takes place in the education sector, from STEM and performing arts to sport and literacy. The awards also recognise the individuals who bring schools and colleges to life, from inspiring teachers and dedicated support staff to efficient business managers and strategic leadership teams.

In partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, the Educate Awards took place at the Liverpool Cathedral and welcomed over 600 guests. The evening was hosted by broadcaster, Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross.

Alongside the awards ceremony was a delicious three course gala dinner and glittering entertainment from schools across the region.

  • 05:30, 22 NOV 2022

 

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