Schools urged to make a wish in national competition

THE closing date for entries is fast approaching in a nationwide competition that offers schools the chance to realise their Christmas wishes.

Pupils and teachers have until Monday December 17 to come up with inspiring ideas that will improve their school for the better.

‘The School We’d Like’ competition is being organised by the insurer Zurich Municipal and The Guardian Teacher Network. It is designed to encourage students and teachers to work together and develop one key idea that will improve quality of life in their school in 2013.

It is open to all schools across Great Britain, and will be judged in three categories: Primary schools, Secondary schools and Special schools, with a prize of £5000 for the winning school in each category to turn their idea into a reality.

There are no barriers to the kinds of changes schools can suggest, but they should have a positive impact on school life. For example, increasing the range of books in the school library or a new chef-inspired breakfast menu.

Paul Tombs, Head of Education at Zurich Municipal, said: “This competition is a unique opportunity for schools to bring to life their Christmas wishes and, as the deadline approaches, we would urge everyone to put forward the ideas that will mean the most for their school and community in 2013.”

Regional semi-finals will be held in Newcastle and Bristol in February 2013, with finalists asked to present to a panel of judges at The Guardian offices in London in March 2013.

For terms and conditions, entry details and criteria, visit the Guardian Teacher Network.