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Competition details

The competition includes ready-made lesson plans and integrated career-related learning for your pupils, with the incentive of exciting class and individual prizes!


The 2019/20 competition closed in June 2020. We will be launching updated resources in September

To access the 2019/20 lesson plans and teacher guide to get a taste of what to expect, head to the resources page below.

View KS2 resources

The important details

Pupils are tasked with saying “thank you to the NHS” after their learning in the core resources about the job roles and opportunities available.

The brief:

Students should be encouraged to reflect on which job or team they want to say thank you to and create the thank you.

Challenge pupils to:

  • Think about the wide range of jobs they have learnt about
  • Surprising facts they have collected
  • Think about how the NHS has helped them, one of their friends or family.

They will need to produce:

Creative artwork: painting, drawing, temporary street artwork, performance, video or slideshow OR
Creative writing: a story, song, poem or thank you card

Entries must be submitted online.

Pupils can enter individually or as a pair.

Entries must be received no later than 19 June 2020. The original deadline has been extended to allow more schools to say thanks to NHS staff across the country while offering schools a project for their students to work on in school or at home.

Overall national winning student(s) will receive Amazon vouchers worth £50. Overall national winner(s) school will be offered a class trip to a local science venue but alternatives can be discussed with the winning school if it is deemed inappropriate.

Ten regional winners will each receive an Amazon voucher worth £25

Highly commended certificates will also be awarded

Whether they enter individually or as a pair, each pupil will receive a prize if their entry is chosen

50%: Evidence of learning of NHS careers from the resources

  • Are the pupils aware of a range of NHS careers and services?
  • Have the pupils explored the challenging of stereotypes?

50%: Creativity

  • Is the design creative and eye-catching?
  • Anything that demonstrates that they have gone the extra mile with their work

Competition terms and conditions

  1. The competition is open to all primary schools, in England only.
  2. Pupils can enter individually or in pairs.
  3. Only one entry per pupil or pair will be accepted. There is no restriction on the number of entries received from schools.
  4. The closing date for the competition is 19 June 2020. The original deadline of 1 May 2020 has been extended.
  5. No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost or delayed in the post. Proof of posting will not be accepted as proof of delivery.
  6. The panel of judges will include at least one member who is independent of the promoter. The decision of the judges is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
  7. The first prize will be awarded to the entry deemed by the judges to have said ‘thank you’ to the NHS in the most engaging way.
  8. Ten regional winners will also be selected. One winner will be chosen from each of the following NHS regions: East Midlands; East of England; London; North East; North West; Thames Valley and Wessex; Kent, Surrey and Sussex; South West; West Midlands, and Yorkshire and the Humber.
  9. The child – or pair – who submits the winning entry, will receive a class trip to a local science venue and each receive an Amazon voucher to the value of £50.
  10. The children selected as regional winners will each receive an Amazon voucher to the value of £25.
  11. There is no cash alternative for any prize in this competition.
  12. Winning schools will be notified in writing in July 2020.
  13. Entries will not be returned to the school at the end of the competition.
  14. Health Education England reserves the right to reproduce and utilise in whole or in part the entries submitted by pupils for information, publicity and promotional purposes.
  15. By entering, each school agrees to secure parental agreement and authorises the use of names and addresses of the establishment to which it belongs and the names of participating teachers and pupils in any information, publicity or promotional activity linked to this competition.
  16. Entering this competition implies full and complete acceptance of these terms and conditions of which entry instructions form a part. Promoter: Health Education England. Registered address: Health Education England, 1st floor, Blenheim House, Duncombe Street, Leeds LS1 4PL. (Please DO NOT send entries to this address. Thank you.)

Register your interest

If you are interested in getting your school involved in the 2020/21 competition, why not register your interest below?

As soon as the new competition is launched, we will send you all the information you need to take part.

Register your interest

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