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Competition that makes schools' wishes come true...

15 October 2013

Insurers Zurich Municipal have launched a nationwide competition for school students. 'The School We'd Like' is designed to encourage students and teachers to work together to come up with inspiring ideas to improve their school - with the winners offered funding to turn those ideas into reality.

Schools across Great Britain are invited to submit entries into one of the three available categories: primary schools, secondary schools, and special schools. £5,000 will be awarded to the winning school from each group. Any kind of suggestions are welcome, as long as they will have a positive impact on school life - for example, outdoor classrooms, multi-faith rooms, or internet cafes.

The winners of last year's inaugural competition have already implemented their students' ideas. Horniman Primary in London have reduced their school's energy bills by buying bicycles that generate electricity; Ifield Foundation Special School from Kent have converted wasteland into a workshop and wildlife area; and Salendine Nook High School in Huddersfield have revamped a run-down walkway into a graffiti mural.

'Teachers and pupils have some fantastic ideas about how to make their schools a better place in which to work and learn,' says Paul Tombs, head of education at Zurich Municipal. 'However, not all schools have sufficient funds to make the kinds of changes they would like. We also want to ensure that pupils themselves benefit from entering the awards, learning important skills like project management and collaborative working.'

The closing date for entries is 29 November 2013. Regional semi-finals will be held in Birmingham during January and February 2014, with finalists presenting to a panel of judges in March. For more details, including resource packs and school posters, visit the competition's website

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