Competitions

David Gandy launches school reading campaign

David Gandy with pupil

Supermodel and entrepreneur David Gandy is launching one of the country’s biggest school reading competitions in a bid to help improve children’s literacy levels across the country.

Ten Million Minutes, run by education charity Achievement for All, aims to get children reading at every primary school in England during the challenge which takes place over one week; 9th – 15th March 2017.

David Gandy is encouraging schools to take part in the competition, which challenges their pupils to read for as many minutes as they can in one week. The school which reads for the highest number of minutes by the end of the week has the chance to win a brand new library or reading area for their school worth £10,000 courtesy of Peters.

Visionary educator develops pastoral care evidence and improvement tool

Bag your school a complimentary 14-day trial of Pastoral Auditor during February!

 

The brain child of a visionary deputy headteacher from Telford, Pastoral Auditor is the industry’s first secure online pastoral effectiveness tool for secondary schools & academies.

Developed by safeguarding specialist SSS Learning, Pastoral Auditor enables educators to deliver detailed evidence of different year and gender groups’ knowledge and understanding in PSHE, Citizenship, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development and Personal Development and Welfare to improve strategy planning. 

My EPIC era 2017

EPIC era

A History-based competition for UK schools and pupils, brought to you by 60 second histories. Entries will be judged by educationalists:

Alison Peacock – @AlisonMPeacock
Executive Head of the Wroxham Teaching School & Educational Research Centre. Coauthor of Learning without Limits and from January 2017, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Kevin Hicks – @HistorySquad
Creator of the History Squad and author of 60 second histories, Kevin delivers history in a fun, fascinating and relevant way.

Matthew Howorth – @HoworthM
Author of Teaching Primary History and Head of History at Twickenham Prep Matthew still finds time to edit the SATIPS broadsheet. 

Ennis-Hill and Whitehead launch mascot design competition live on blue peter

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• Olympic champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and double Paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead MBE are ambassadors and part of the judging panel for entries

• Competition will select two mascots – one for the World Para Athletics Championships and one for the IAAF World Championships London 2017

• Applications close on Friday 10 February with the winner to be announced live on Blue Peter on Thursday 20 April 2017

• For more information about how to enter, visitlondon2017athletics.com/mascots

 

Minted Box calls for teachers to submit classroom ideas

• Minted Box, the creators of classroom seating plan, MINTclass, is asking teachers to share their challenges, frustrations and ideas for effective school practice 

• Teachers and school staff are able to submit their ideas before, during and after Bett 2017 to be in with a chance of having their concept built by Minted Box

• Schools that have their ideas created can also benefit from earning additional revenue through offering the resource to other schools who could make use of it

 

Pupils invent new wonka-inspired sweets to win Roald Dahl centenary competition

Two primary school pupils have invented their own Wonka-inspired sweets to win a national competition marking the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth.

Alfie Richards, 8, from Irthlingborough in Northants, and Raiya Mann, 7, from London scooped the top prizes in Discovery Education’s Sweet Inventions Competition, which encouraged children to step into the shoes of the fictional chocolatier and win the chance to see their designs displayed at the Roald Dahl Museum.

Alfie impressed judges with ‘Magi-Choc’, a colour-changing, shape-shifting chocolate bar designed to trick teachers and parents. Alfie, who attends Irthlingborough Junior School in Wellingborough, took first prize in the KS2 category.

BBC Learning have launched a brand new competition

Blue Peter’s Barney, Radzi and Lindsey

 

‘Stars of comedy and film support search for best young comedy writer.’ Richard Curtis, Sir Lenny Henry, Miranda Hart, Sara Pascoe, and David Walliams give their backing to a new BBC competition for children aged 6 to 12. 

BBC Learning today launched a brand new competition in association with Comic Relief, Blue Peter and the National Literacy Trust to encourage children to have a giggle in the classroom and to get involved with Red Nose Day 2017.

Winners of BBC comedy writing competition announced

 writing competition winner

Winners from Liverpool, Teddington and Hounslow have won the BBC’s Comedy Classroom Competition

 

The winners of the BBC’s Comedy Classroom writing competition launched in partnership with the National Literacy Trust were announced today [Thursday, November 10th].

Open to 13-15-year-olds students across the UK, the competition – a collaboration between BBC Learning, BBC Comedy and the National Literacy Trust - called on secondary school students to become classroom jokers and was given backing by some of the UK’s top comedy talent, including Charlie Higson, Kerry Howard, Marcus Brigstocke and David Walliams.

There were three categories to enter:

Gratnells announce Science Technician of the Year Award 2016/2017

Last years winner - Science Technician of the Year Award

Gratnells, manufacturers and marketers of Britain’s best known and most widely used range of storage systems and trays in schools, is encouraging Science Technicians worldwide to enter its prestigious Science Technician of the Year awards 2016/2017. 
 
Sponsored by Gratnells and supported by a host of well-known Science equipment suppliers including Phillip Harris, Timstar and SciChem, the Science Technician of the Year awards 2016/2017 are designed to give these specialists the recognition they deserve, with prizes worth over £2,000. 
 

Young Inventors’ Competition - Schoolgirl from Oldbury, West Midlands wins her school £5000

 

A 10-year-old girl from Oldbury has won her school a substantial amount of £5000 to spend with Viking after impressing a judging panel with an invention for the classroom.

Shajeevana Pratheevan from St James CE Primary School, Oldbury, won the Viking Young Inventors’ Competition, beating hundreds of entries from primary schools across the UK.

Judges from Viking, provider of everyday essentials to schools, and competition partner, Eastpoint, were impressed by Shajeevana’s design and it was clear she evaluated her environment and the challenges pupils do face in school. 

YPO invites children to design official Christmas card

Christmas card

Ahead of Christmas, YPO, the UK’s largest public sector buying organisation, has launched a nationwide search for a budding artist whose design will appear on its corporate Christmas card, which will be distributed to the company’s contacts, including customers, suppliers and partners.

YPO is calling on teachers and parents to encourage children to create imaginative and festive designs that it can imprint upon its corporate greeting to spread the holiday cheer. 

The competition is open to primary school children (aged 5-11) across the UK. 

Pupil’s one step closer to WINNING £5000 in Vikings Young Inventors’ competition

5 Pupils have been shortlisted in a national competition to win £5000 for their school to spend with Viking and a Cannon EOS 1200D package for themselves worth £346 (Inc VAT).

The competition, run by Viking the provider of everyday essentials to schools, encouraged pupils to utilise their imagination, and expand their vision of the potential advancements to their everyday stationery items in the classroom. Pupils had the choice of inventing a design for their classroom that was either fun, futuristic or eco-friendly.  

Teal's Kiddiwash clean hands competition winner revealed

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TEAL Patents’ Kiddiwash Clean Hands competition, exclusive to nurseries across the UK, has announced its five winners with each set to receive a Kiddiwash Xtra - a portable, warm water, hand washing basin which requires no access to mains water or drainage.

Forest School at Garstang Nursery and Pre-school, Futurepath Childcare, M Lindsay Childcare, Roxwell Pre-school and Tweenies Pre-school were all named winners of the competition. Each nursery tasked their pupils with drawing their idea of a sparkling, clean hand for a chance to win the child-friendly handwashing unit for their nursery.

Creativity was key with each of the winning entries using coloured pens and pencils,paint, crayons, gems and glitter to creatively decorate their perfectly clean hands. 

Roald Dahl goes digital: Discovery Education launches new resources & pupil competition

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Primary school pupils are being invited to take part in a Wonka-inspired competition, and use new digital resources, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl this week.

Discovery Education is challenging pupils to step into the shoes of Willy Wonka by designing their very own ‘frothbuggling’ sweet or chocolate, taking inspiration from the fantastical creations of the fictional chocolatier.