Pupils win £1000 for their schools!

Our first pupil competition spawned some impressive work ranging from interactive posters aimed at enticing younger pupils into a subject to detailed information sheets featuring facts, keywords and complicated diagrams for A level science revision.   Pupils had to briefly explain their work’s target audience and objective (e.g. explain a memory technique to Y11 GCSE students to help with their revision or convince Year 7s that maths really is fun).

The competition was intended to build pupil interest, enthusiasm and knowledge in our focus areas of STEM, PE and Effective Learning with Amazon voucher awards for the pupils (school and county winners) and up to £1000 pounds of workshops/training for pupils and/or staff at three county-wide winning schools (one for each key stage).

Terin won the KS3 award for Townsend C of E school with a beautifully presented and detailed information sheet on balanced diets.  Terin’s work has won her school a study skills workshop from Learning Performance.

 Laila won the KS4 award for The John Warner School with an extremely bright and cheerful interactive poster to encourage KS3 pupils to take an interest in PE and realise it is fun as well great for your health.   Laila is a keen footballer and swimmer and is delighted to have earned her school a motivational assembly from an international athlete.

 Finally, Sadaf won the KS5 award for The Hertfordshire and Essex High School with a very clearly presented information sheet on the respiratory system.   Aimed at both A level revision and to help KS4 students understand the jump from GCSE to level 3 awards, Sadaf’s information sheet featured labeled diagrams of the lungs at 3 levels of magnification together with succinct explanations of just how oxygen and carbon dioxide move between our lungs and blood cells.   Sadaf and the school are thinking hard how best to spend their prize money - top contenders are a sixth form trip to a university workshop/lecture and outside basketball coaching.

 Congratulations to all our school and county winners and thanks to the teachers who ran the school stage of the competition (often as an incentive to produce some outstanding homework).