Schools urged to enter Speaker’s Awards

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School councils which have developed projects making a difference to their school or community should consider entering this year’s Speaker’s School Council Awards, says Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Berwick.

Anne-Marie wants as many Northumbrian school councils to enter the awards as possible and to encourage them she is writing directly to many of the region’s schools and colleges to urge them to enter before the Wednesday 30th April deadline.

Anne-Marie said: “It doesn’t matter whether your project is big or small, as long as it’s made a positive change.”

Open to all UK schools and sixth form colleges, there are four age range categories: Infant (4-7), Junior (7-11), Secondary (11-16) and Young Adult (16-19). The winning school council from each category will receive an award at the Houses of Parliament and meet the Rt. Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons.

Past winners show the diverse range of projects that are eligible, from a Bob the Builder playground development to a sixth form project to ‘raise the political literacy of students’. A lunch club, student newspaper and dining room refurbishment have also won in previous years.

Entering is quick and easy: register the school’s details on the website and complete the short online application form giving details of the project. Alternatively, contact , download the form and post the entry or call 0207 219 5207.

“It would be good to see our region well represented in these national awards,” says Anne-Marie, “The competition is free of charge to enter and the awards day is also free so there’s everything to gain and nothing to lose.”

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