Midland Academies Trust

Local students thinking big

Students from across the Midland Academies Trust have been thinking big as part of a unique competition.

Students from The George Eliot School, The Nuneaton Academy, Hartshill School and Heath Lane Academy were set a challenge by organisation 7billion to generate an idea that could change the world. Winning teams from each school were selected to compete in the #YOURworld finals in March. North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, who run the Trust, hosted the event which was held at the Nuneaton Campus on Thursday 30 March.

During the day, the teams took part in a number of team building activities, including making structures out of spaghetti.

The teams also pitched their ideas to a judging panel made up of Tim Render, Chair of The Midland Academies Trust and Ann Melville, Director of The Midland Academies Trust, Marion Plant OBE, Chief Executive of the Trust and Robin Shakespeare, Trust School Improvement Leader.

Scooping first prize on the day were Hartshill School students Faye Bayliss, Sophie Ricketts and Chloe Horne for their Homeless Box concept. The idea involved a card that homeless people could use to access food and water from designated locations.

This is one of a series of competitions offered by The Midland Academies Trust, which have  been designed to promote and develop work- related skills and raise standards.

Tim Render, Chair of the Midland Academies Trust Board said: “This was a fantastic event that really allowed students to demonstrate their entrepreneurial flair and awareness of how  they can make a difference personally, locally  and globally. Congratulations to all those who  took part, their hard work and creativity that we  saw throughout the day was exceptional.”

7billionideas is an organisation that works closely with schools across the UK to design bespoke competitions. The aim is to develop idea generation and development skills whilst enhancing teamwork, presentation, public speaking and listening skills. Key themes they focus on include Enterprise, Sustainability, Health-Well Being, Anti-Bullying and Careers). 

To find out more, visit: http://www.7billionideas.com/education/introduction

Check out the video of the competition here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IOEmfLyU9c&feature=youtu.be