2021 National Creative Awards

2021 National Creative Awards

The National Creative Awards is a unique opportunity for the students and staff from the national network of engage in their future member schools to express their creativity through short story writing, photography, poetry or all three.

The theme of the 2021 National Creative Awards is “JOURNEYS” and we’re excited to see the creativity this prompts. It could be a memorable journey that’s been taken, a reflection on an emotional journey, a personal experience or an observation of a journey taken by another.

The challenge then is to decide which of the three creative channels – poetry, short story writing, photography – to use, or even to use all three!

Entries are grouped by creative category and Key Stage group. Each of the three creative categories have their own judging panel who will be looking for originality, adherence to the theme, and creative techniques. Individuals can submit one entry per creative category and each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form.

Everyone that submits an entry in the 2021 National Creative Awards will receive a certificate to acknowledge their effort and participation, and the winners in the student categories (KS1&2, KS3, KS4, Post-16) will each receive a certificate and a trophy. As a reminder of their creativity and success, they will also have their entry printed and framed before being sent to them to keep.

The National Creative Awards is an incredibly versatile scheme that can be used in the classroom, as an extra-curricular activity, or as part of a home study package. It can be used to support a curriculum topic, to explore or respond to a particular subject from a different or more creative perspective, or to link school work with interests outside of the classroom.

For those who are a little more competitive, the National Creative Awards is an opportunity to have their work considered alongside those of their peers. Whilst for others, it may provide the motivation and focus for a moment of personal reflection and self-expression.

The 2021 National Creative Awards brochure is available to view, download or print here, along with the entry form (with the Terms and Conditions on the reverse). Entries can also be submitted online here.

The deadline for entries is Friday 30th April 2021.

Participants – whether they’re students or staff – may find our resources handout useful. Exploring this year’s theme of “Journeys“, it provides some useful hints, tips and inspiration to help kick start that creativity.  But if that doesn’t help, why not take a look at the celebration highlights from the 2020 National Creative Awards when the theme was “Connections” …


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