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European Day of Languages Poster Competition 2020

Tuesday, 1 September, 2020 - 09:00 to Monday, 12 October, 2020 - 23:00
Event Type: 
West Midlands
This competition is open to all schools in England

N.B. this competition is open to all schools in England


Celebrate the European Day of Languages on 26 September by taking part in our poster competition!

To mark the European Day of Languages, we invite schools from the West Midlands region to participate in our poster competition. With the number of UK languages learners reducing, whilst international commerce and travel increase, our aim is to spread the message of the importance of learning languages, promoting intercultural awareness and encourage uptake for all students.

Speaking another language can lead to new friendships, more fun when on holiday and opportunities to study or work abroad in the future. So, to get our Reception to Year 10 pupils thinking about these things, we would like the students to design a poster about another European country they would like to visit. Pupils should design their own poster, using, if they wish, a variety of materials and languages! (Reception and KS1 students may recieve some help from their teachers/parents of course!)

The poster should tell us which country it is and some facts about it e.g. language spoken, food, music, famous landmarks etc. – the more the better!

Entries can be submitted in any foreign language or languages and may include some English if desired (for example, pupils may like to provide a translation of the facts they provide). Each poster should be no larger than a sheet of A4 paper and must be completed by hand but any form of materials can be used – felt tips, paint, fabric etc. Judges will be looking for originality of illustration as well as accuracy of language and content.

The competition is open to pupils in Reception to Year 10 with one winner for each key stage. Each entry MUST be accompanied by a cover sheet which is attached to the bottom of this page. Entries without a cover sheet will not be counted. N.B. cover sheet will not ask for any personal details which may identify the child, just a first name, year group and school. All entries and cover sheets will be deleted after the judging has been completed, with the exception of the winning entries, which will be posted on our social media. At this point only the school and the year group will be shown.   

N.B. All entries should be scanned and emailed to as due to COVID-19 restrictions we will not be back in the Routes office by September and therefore all judging will need to be done via a TEAMS meeting.

In the event of insufficient entries of good quality, no prize will be awarded; the judges’ decision is final.

1 prize each will be awarded for the best primary and best secondary entry. The prizes will be a £20 Amazon E-voucher for each of the winners plus a winner’s certificate. Prizes and certificates will be emailed to the contact at the school who submitted the entries on behalf of the students. 

We hope that you will encourage your pupils to take part in this competition as part of your in-school European Day of Languages celebrations. 

The deadline for submission of entries will be Monday 12 October 2020.  Please note any entries submitted after this date will not be included and we are unable to extend the closing date for individual schools.

If you have any queries please email us at

We are very grateful for the generous funding we have received from Santander Universities which has enabled us to offer the prizes for this competition.