Students in the driving seat to improve literacy skills

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STUDENTS were thrilled when they were allowed out of the classroom and into four, top of the range Audis.

The cars, which had a combined retail price of £200,000 were driven to the gates of Milton Keynes Academy as part of a literacy project for children where they were encouraged to come up with new Audi merchandise.

All 240 Year Nine students competed in teams with ideas including a sensor that releases a fresh fragrance for sweaty footballers and gadgets to keep child passengers happy.

Academy Deputy Leader of Key Stage 4 English, Ann Marie Smith said: “After a lot of discussion we decided to run a competition for students to design a piece of merchandise for a target audience. This involves making a presentation to Audi UK employees which will help to develop the speaking skills of students.”