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About the competition

How the competition will work

Dream a Big Dream is divided into two sections in order to offer every entrant as much chance of winning as possible.

Stage one - regional winners

A regional judging panel will select twelve regional winners from the following regions:

  • East of England/South East
  • Yorkshire/North
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • London (M25)
  • E-Midlands/South Central England
  • South West/North West
  • Republic of Ireland

Stage two – national winners

The national judging panel will judge the regional winners and select two national winners, one aged 9-11 years and one aged 12-14 years.

Rules

  • Dream a Big Dream is FREE to enter. Entrants must write about their hopes and dreams for the future. Entries will primarily be judged on originality and creativity, rather than how they are executed, however that is not to discourage good spelling, punctuation and grammar. The decision of the Competition judges is final.
  • Dream a Big Dream is open to any young person from the UK aged between 9 and 14 years old on the competition closing date of 22nd February 2013.
  • Entries must be no longer than 750 words and can be much shorter. Judging is not based on the length of a submission.
  • The judges' decisions are final and no correspondence with the judges can be entered into.
  • Unfortunately once entrants have sent their written pieces, these entries cannot be returned.

Read the Competition notice

Prizes

Regional winner will each receive:

  • A specially published commemorative book featuring their entry as a 'regional winner' for them to treasure.
  • A signed certificate including congratulations from one the Rio 2016 Rising Star athletes.

National winners will each receive:

  • A £100 Amazon voucher to spend as they wish.
  • A specially published commemorative book featuring their entry as a ‘national winner’ for them to treasure.
  • A signed certificate including congratulations from one the Rio 2016 Rising Star athletes.

Meet the judges

The national judging panel brings together the inspiring athletes that are supporting Dream a Big Dream and leading experts in writing, education and parenting.

  • Sarah Ebner: journalist at The Times and author of the Starting School Survival Guide.
  • Susanna Scott: award winning parent blogger who has also set up Brit Mums the largest network of parent bloggers.
  • Kip McGrath: a senior representative of Kip McGrath and experienced and qualified teacher.

The regional judging panel will comprise teachers from Kip McGrath Education Centres.

Information for parents

Kip McGrath knows you want your child or children to achieve their dreams and we believe passionately that Dream a Big Dream can play a part. We’re committed to helping every child to achieve their potential at school but also recognise that their experiences now help to shape their adult lives and careers.

Dream a Big Dream aims to encourage young people across the country to share their dreams and aspirations about their future and what they want it to involve.

The competition has been designed by Kip McGrath’s own trained tutors who bring a wealth of experience. It’s underpinned by the view that all young people need some time to dream. Encouraging them can help them to achieve amazing things, far beyond our expectations.

Please help your child or children to think about their Big Dream, to enter the competition and take their next step on their own personal journey.

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