Competitions

Last updated: 14 October 2021

Professional Teaching Awards Cymru

The Professional Teaching Awards Cymru honours the achievements of teachers up and down the country.

There are 10 Professional Teaching Awards, all of which are nominated for by the public. 

Nominees can include qualified teachers and support/youth work staff of pupils from the age of 3-18 in maintained school settings.

All finalists in each of the 10 categories are selected by a national panel of judges. 

Closing date for nominations is November 23.

Details here.

IET 150: My Sustainable Community Competition

In partnership with Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) the IET has launched a competition for young people across the UK to get involved with - My Sustainable Community.

The competition encourages young people to think about how a whole community could tackle the problems we are facing, like climate change and resources running out.  Taking part in this competition will also let young people explore the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths), as well as improving skills like problem-solving!

The Challenge:

You are required to design and build a sustainable community, similar to the community you live. Imagine an open piece of land with nothing on it, a blank canvas, this is where you begin!

Prizes:

We are pleased to announce that the IET 150 will award the winning entry from each competition class and each age category with a LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Essential Set or LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Set, depending on the age group.  

Closing date January 28.

Details here.

The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Competition

Win £5,000 for your school!

As we recover from the pandemic, face the challenges of climate change and embrace new technologies, we have a unique opportunity to re-imagine our roads and streets in new ways. 

We’re looking for new and innovative ideas, creatively presented. Don’t limit yourself – we welcome poems, paintings, songs, videos –whatever format works for you.

We use streets and roads every day for getting to school, receiving deliveries, going on holiday and getting out into the great British countryside.

What ideas do you have to make all our journeys enjoyable and safe?

Closing date November 19.

Details here.

UKBC Biology Challenge 2 - 20 May 2022.

Biology Challenge stimulates curiosity for the natural world and encourages students to take an interest in biology outside of school.

Biology Challenge is open to 13 to 15 year-old students.

The competition consists of two, twenty-five-minute multiple choice papers to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions.

Questions will be set on the school curriculum, but the competition will also reward those students whose knowledge of the subject has been increased by reading books and magazines, watching natural history programmes, taking notice of the news media for items of biological interest, and are generally aware of our natural flora and fauna.

Schools will be able to conduct Biology Challenge in whatever way best suits their pupils, ensuring that they enjoy participating and have a reasonable expectation of recognition for their achievements. As well as being able to submit their pupils’ scores to the national competition, schools will be encouraged to award their own prizes and to make use of certificates provided for them.

Register from November 1st.

Details here.

British Biology Olympiad

Advanced problem solving competition for A level students and entry point for the International Biology Olympiad.

The BBO challenges and stimulates students with an interest in biology to expand and extend their talents. It enables students to demonstrate their talent and to be suitably rewarded with publicly recognised certificates and medals.

The BBO is open to students in post-16 education studying at school or college. The competition consists of two, 45-minute multiple choice papers to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions. Students will be presented with topics and ideas which they are not familiar with, so will compete with their problem solving skills and understanding of core principals.

In addition to encouraging and rewarding pupils in their studies, the BBO is the first stage in selecting a team to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO). The IBO seeks to challenge by both theory and practical tests some of the top pre-university biology students in the world, with over sixty countries taking part.

Register from November 1st.

Details here.

UK Chemistry Olympiad

Take part in the leading chemistry competition for secondary students across the British Isles.

Designed to challenge and inspire, the UK Chemistry Olympiad is a unique opportunity for students to push themselves further and excel in the chemistry field.

Budding chemists will develop critical problem-solving skills, learn to think more creatively and get a chance to test their knowledge in new, real-world situations. They could even find themselves representing the UK at the prestigious International Chemistry Olympiad.

The UK Chemistry Olympiad is open to all secondary schools and colleges in the British Isles. However, the questions are aimed at students in their last year of study before higher education so we recommend that entrants should be at least 16.

The competition is designed to challenge, so will not be easy. Students should see it as an opportunity to develop their thinking and problem solving skills, and to test their existing knowledge of chemistry in real-world situations.

There is a range of supporting resources for teachers and students to make sure everyone involved feels ready to take on the challenge.

Registrations close January 10 2022.

Details here.

First LEGO League Challenge for yrs 5, 6 and 7 Open for Registrations

Registrations for First LEGO League Challenge 2021-22 CARGO CONNECT is now open.

Teams work to build and program an autonomous robot, research real-world problems and develop crucial life skills.

Regional events for Wales will be on the following dates:

  • 21 January in Rhumney
  • 25 January Cymraegfor Welsh medium schools
  • 28 January Pembrokeshire

See the competition website here.

Contact cerian.angharad@see-science.co.uk for more information on the Welsh heats.

MiSAC UK Annual Competition: Fungi and climate Change

A competition was introduced in 1985 in the UK to enhance student interest in microbiology. It became an annual event in 1994 and the MiSAC Annual Competition for Key Stages 3 and 4 (or equivalent) now attracts up to 2,000 student entries each year.

Each year, the topic chosen for the competition in the UK is linked to the National Curriculum. Special sponsorship provides money prizes totalling £1,000 for students and their schools. Each student entrant receives a certificate.

Aim of the competition: To develop an understanding among teenagers of the interrelationships between the activities of fungi and climate change. You are required to produce information for a social media website for teenagers called What you didn’t know about climate change. You should explain: the concept of climate change and its effects, how the activities of fungi affect climate change, how fungi themselves are influenced by climate change. 

Closing date 31 October 2021.

Details here.

Nominations for the Primary Science Teacher Awards 2021 are now open!

Do you know a teacher who deserves recognition?

The awards are open to all practising primary teachers (full or part-time) who:

  • are innovative and creative in teaching science;
  • inspire colleagues and contribute to developing science in their school;
  • engage pupils in the excitement and fascination of science.
  • support colleagues both in their own and other schools, either locally, regionally or nationally, to raise the profile of science and the quality of primary school science provision

Closing date for this year's nominations is January 14th 2022.

Details here.

The Linnean Society Special Species Competition – No age limit

We are currently accepting entries from all age groups (even adults!)

To enter, create a new species and send the following to learning@linnean.org:

  • The first name, age (in years) and city of the person who created the special species

  • A picture of your special species

  • It's scientific and common name

  • A paragraph giving the reasons for its adaptations and a description of its habitat (aim for around 50 words)

We will be highlighting great works as we receive them.
Winners are awarded in April, July, September and December.

The Linnean Society have resources to help you chose your species. 

Details here.