Curriculum Competitions

Curriculum Competitions 2015/16

Latest News: The deadline for entering the Curriculum Competitions has now passed. We are pleased to announce that the following winners have now been chosen...

Our blog winners are Catmose College, Queenswood School, and Huntcliffe School, who will each be invited to attend the 2016 School Games National Finals in Loughborough as part of the Young Media Team.

Our prize winning schools, who each receive a brilliant media equipment pack, are Marjorie McClure School, Clare Mount Specialist Sports College, Hurstmere School, Cromer Academy, Friars Primary School, and Castle Bromwich Junior School.

What is it?

The School Games curriculum competition recognises the skills, talents and abilities of those that present, photograph or report on the school sport experience of young people in their area. The curriculum competitions showcase the great work being done in engaging a range of different subjects to contribute to achievement across the school, as inspired by the School Games opportunity.

If you have a team, or an individual, passionate about their media work and actively involved in raising the profile of school sport, why not share their blog, report or photos. They could be eligible for some amazing prizes and opportunities as well as national recognition for their work!

Entries that demonstrate the passion and impact of school sport as part of a well written report, blog, film or portfolio of images will be considered favourably. The use of a variety of sources or interviews from a range of different young people, participants, teachers, officials etc will demonstrate balance and context to the piece entered.

Finally, being able to communicate a clear message or story through the work submitted, using effective editing and proof-reading will help to show off the skills required to create an effective report or composition.

How do I enter?

Any young person may enter via their schools blogging pages between Thursday 01 October and Thursday 31 March. All entries must confirm that the reports have been produced by young people (ie attending the school) as a condition of entry.

Young people may also enter via the mailbox from Friday 01 January onwards. However, all entries require a short endorsement and contact information from an appropriate member of staff – which ensures that the school supports their entry and provides a contact for any prize notification.

Entries are welcome from individuals or teams and can be in the form of written reports, photos essays, films or blogs. Pretty much any report created by young people who have used the School Games as inspiration or as a platform to showcase their reporting/journalistic talents are welcomed.

If the report is a large file a link to an accessible file transfer site (e.g. Wetransfer, dropbox etc), or if it has already been uploaded a link to the relevant site (e.g. YouTube, school website etc), would be recommended.

What can I win?

Primary Schools: Three winning schools will each receive a Young Media pack which includes an iPad mini, an iRig Microphone and 3D FlipCamera, as well as media bibs, notebooks and armbands. An example pack can be seen below... 

Secondary Schools: Four winning schools will receive a school place on the residential Young Media Team at the 2016 School Games in Loughborough in September 2016. This will include full press accreditation, training from professional reporters as well as access to international athlete ambassadors and the opportunity to produce nationally profiled reports from a large multi-sport event.

Extra Guidance

For further insight into the Young Media Team experience at the 2015 School Games please see this short film from Manchester.

For any further information on how to enter please contact:

Further support for developing the skills and experiences of enthusiastic young media students/teams is available via the YMT Handbook.

R&R Scheme

Unlike in previous years, where half-termly competitions were run, this year sees us switch to just three termly competitions. The theory however is still the same - with schools invited to blog on a given subject for the opportunity to win a prize.

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Contact US

Do you want to submit a curriculum competitions entry without going through the normal blogging route? Try using our simple online form and get in touch today. Read 'How do I enter?' to find out what's required.

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