2013 History of Parliament Schools Competitions

On the anniversary of the death of the Oxford martyrs, a timely note about our schools competition this year and our upcoming new schools section, which will initially feature materials on the Reformation…

For the ninth year running, the History of Parliament is launching its schools competitions for 11-14 and 16-18 year olds.

For the 11-14 year olds, this year’s competition will focus on the Reformation.

Banner_Topic_Reformation_900x270pxStudents are being asked to imagine they were a member of the 1536 Parliament, which passed many of the early pieces of legislation about the Reformation, and write a speech either defending or attacking the religious changes. We would also love students to include photographs that represent the Reformation in some way – old monasteries, your local church – you can be imaginative!

The winners of the competition will receive a prize of book tokens, and be invited with their families and teachers to Westminster to receive their prize. The closing date for the competition is 30 July 2013. For full details on how to enter, and for resources for students, visit our website.

This year’s competition is in preparation for an entirely new resource that will be launched on this website this summer, ready for the next school year. Our exciting new schools section, www.historyofparliamentonline.org/schools, is currently under construction, but you can see a snapshot as we build it! This will include specially-written articles and biographies for 11-14 year olds and complimentary resources for teachers. The first topic available in our new section will also be the Reformation; this year’s competition will help us prepare for our new website.

For the 16-18 year olds, we’ll be running an essay competition. The prize will be awarded to the best essay on any aspect of British or Irish parliamentary or political history. The winner will receive a cash prize and also be invited to Westminster with their families and teachers to receive it.

This year we are extending the closing date until after the summer to give students who have just finished their GCSEs and are preparing for their A Levels a chance to enter as well. The closing date is 30 September 2013. For full details on how to enter, visit our website.

Good luck to all the entrants – and keep your eyes peeled for the winners!


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