The UCL Institute of Education and school tour operator, Equity, who collectively run the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme, are inviting all state secondary schools in South East London and Medway, Lincolnshire, Essex, Central England, Cheshire and Lancashire to participate in a First World War History Regional Competition, as part of the national commemorations of the conflict. 


Every school in the listed regions are eligible to enter one team of four students from Years 8 and/or 9 led by their teacher, regardless of their schools’ previous participation on a free government funded battlefields tour.


Each region will have its own event (‘heat’) at a local school in the area and will include a range of fun activities, designed to challenge and develop students’ interest and knowledge of this key period in the First World War.

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The winning school from each regional ‘heat’ will be invited to the annual recognition ceremony in London, in November, to receive their certificate and prize. The school will also be asked to record a podcast for the centenary, which will be uploaded to the programme’s website for other schools to utilise.


To register, simply choose you most convenient event from the list below, download the entry form and return to at least 10 school days before the regional competition in which you wish to participate (5 school days before if applying for the Gravesend event). Places are limited, so register today to ensure your school doesn’t miss out. 


The First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme offers one teacher and two students from all state secondary schools in England the unique opportunity to experience the infamous battlefield sites in Belgium and Northern France, first-hand.



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