Campaigns and competitions

Challenge your students to develop and demonstrate their strengths and talents through one of these exciting initiatives


Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation, Author of Tomorrow

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The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation is a charity that’s dedicated to empowering young writers, as well as the advancement of the adventure writing genre and the promotion of literacy. This year’s Author of Tomorrow competition invites students to submit an adventure story. The piece can be set anywhere in the world, but must explore the themes of courage, endurance and resourcefulness. Protagonists must undertake a journey and experience a different reality or culture. There are prizes for submissions in the following categories: 16-21 years, 12-15 years and 11 and under, with personal prize money, plus book vouchers for winners’ schools. Ten shortlisted writers will also have their stories published digitally. Submissions will be accepted from 1 March and the closing date is 30 April. For more information, visit


Farmvention Climate Superheroes


Enter by 31 May


Pupils in Years 1-9, in England and Wales


Farmvention is a national STEM competition run by NFU Education, with this year’s challenge aiming to tackle the problems climate change creates for British farmers. There are four themed inspiration hubs to get pupils thinking, and each one is full of investigations to complete at home or at school. Pupils can enter individually, or as part of a team or class, to win £1,000 for their school to spend on STEM or outdoor learning equipment. All entrants will become certified ‘farmventors’ and receive a reward pack including a certificate and mini prize.

COMPETITION Fiver Challenge

Register from 31 May

Primary school pupils

Young Enterprise’s free Fiver Challenge helps students take their first step into the world of business as they see what they can create with just £5 over the four weeks of the programme. Using the easy-to- follow resources and taking part in a range of fun activities, pupils aged 5-11 can develop their entrepreneurial skills as they create, research, market and run their own Fiver business to see if they can make a profit.


The Big Bang Competition

Enter by late March

Secondary school pupils

The Big Bang Competition recognises and rewards young people’s achievements in all areas of STEM, giving them the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work. It’s open to all UK residents, aged 11 to 19, in full-time education or training. Entries can be work completed either at school, through a STEM club or at home. Competitors enter their projects through online heats for a chance to showcase their work at The Big Bang Competition Finals, where finalists compete for amazing prizes, including coveted titles of GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year and GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year.


Sustrans Big Pedal 2021

19-30 April

Primary and secondary school pupils

Sponsored by UK cycling charity Sustrans, the Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooter-based challenge. It aims to inspire and empower kids, teachers and parents to use two wheels to get to school. The Big Pedal runs for ten school days each year, and there are prizes galore in store for those who take part. uk/our-blog/projects/uk-wide/schools/sustrans-big-pedal/

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