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County Schools Challenge

About The Coutny Schools Challenge

The County Schools Challenge is a partnership project run across secondary schools in Northamptonshire

Each year, it helps thousands of pupils lean about important social issues while teaching them invaluable skills. 

With a different theme each year, pupils use a business approach to raise awareness and develop creative ways to tackle a social problem. There is a different theme each year and most schools aim the challenge at Year 8 or Year 9 pupils.

Most schools then carry out an in-house competition to identify a team to go forward to showcase their idea to a panel of judges at a ‘Dragons Den’ style semi-finals and grand final.  

Organisers are now accepting participants for this year’s competition which is focusing on keeping 12 to 16 year old road users safe. 

Previous topics include:

  • 2016/2017  Drugs and Psychoactive Substances
  • 2015/2016  Healthy Relationships 
  • 2014/2015  E-Safety
  • 2013/2014  Alcohol Harm
  • 2012/2013  The Sophie Lancaster Foundation and Hate Crime
  • 2011/2012  One Punch Can Kill
  • 2010/2011  Anti-Social Behaviour
  • 2009/2010  Arson

Why You Shold Get Involved?

The County Schools Challenge aims to encourage students to think about the causes and consequences of people’s actions and identify solutions or prevention strategies. 

It recognises the valuable role schools play in promoting messages that have a society-wide benefit and enables agencies to listen to and learn from young people. 

The students gain valuable skills such as delivering presentations, working in teams, finance planning, and undertaking research. 

The County Schools Challenge is can be used to help your school meet its objectives within PSHE, and the Ofsted inspection of safeguarding.  

How The County School Challenge Works

We will launch the challenge in your school, where you will be invited to showcase your best ideas within school assemblies and lessons.

You can recognise the work of your pupils through your own internal arrangements such as award ceremonies and certificates.

Your school will be invited to put forward a team to our semi-finals and a World of Work Experience that will be held at Northamptonshire Police’s headquarters at Wootton Hall on June 27 and June 28, 2018.  

As well as presenting their ideas to a panel of judges, students will be able to take part in interactive events and have tours of key aspects of Northamptonshire Police.

The top eight schools from the semi-finals will present their idea and business plan in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ format to a panel of business, public sector and community leaders, with prizes and certificates for those taking part. 

The final will take place on July 9, 2018, at The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough.  

Previous winning schemes have resulted in funding and implementation across the county and in some cases, circulation worldwide. 

The 2015/16 winners were featured on BBC Look East. 

The County Schools Challenge team will work with the winners to get the best long-term outcomes, providing great experience for your school and members of the winning team.

What Do We Hope To Achieve?

The aim of this year’s challenge is to enable thousands of students to gain a greater awareness of road safety and help reduce the numbers of 12 to 16 year old road users involved in road traffic collisions.

Through debate and the development of business / social enterprise solution, the following outcomes are expected:

  • Students taking ownership of the problem  
  • To gain knowledge and understanding of road safety in Northamptonshire and why 12 to 16 year olds are more at risk than children under 11.
  • To identify key road safety issues among their age group in their area (car passengers, cyclists, pedestrians, rural / urban roads)
  • To create an intervention to appeal to their peers in order to influence a positive change in behaviour
  • A change in attitude and culture towards road safety
  • Safer schools and communities
  • Help to raise awareness about this subjectto a wider audience across the county

What To Do Next

The first step is to let us know whether your school will be rising to the challenge.

Email us at ncsc@northants.pnn.police.uk with details of your school lead to arrange the County Schools Challenge launch in your school.

Remember, all teams who take part are winners, whether in their own classroom, year group, house or school, or indeed at a county level. 

Every effort helps make Northamptonshire a safe place for people to live, work and visit.

More information is also available by calling Coutny Schools Challenge organiser Henny Cameron on 101, extension 345678. 

Social Media

You can follow the Coutny Schools Challenge on both Twitter and Facebook.


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