Mencap Spellathon now live!

From today, schools across the UK can sign up to take part in learning disability charity Mencap’s free annual Spellathon competition online at www.spellathon.net.

School children can compete against their peers, other classes and even other schools across the UK to spell as many words correctly as they can, to improve their spelling and to raise money for Mencap.

The school which raises the most amount of money per pupil will win a £10,000 cash prize, donated by the creators of Spellathon’s online platform and partner to Mencap, Digital Giving Ltd.

Spellathon will support teachers to improve their pupils’ spelling by offeringover 10,000 words in-line with the current National Curriculum to test school children on, through a range of fun, interactive and engaging games. The games feature animated bees which are voiced by Stephen Fry and actress Jodie Whittaker.

Faith Ingham, Assistant Director of Fundraising at Mencap, says: “Since Spellathon moved online last year, we’ve developed some really exciting new features, including a tool that helps teachers track their pupils’ progress and change their difficulty levels accordingly. We’ve also created lots of easy-to-use resources for teachers to help improve their pupils’ spelling ability. There are some fantastic, donated prizes on offer to all schools who sign-up for Spellathon and raise money for Mencap, including a £10,000 cash prize for the school that raises the most amount of money and tickets to theme parks for other worthy participants. All schools who take part can also get a 25% refund on the total money their pupils raise!”

To take advantage of these great resources and to be in with a chance to scoop a top prize, teachers can sign their schools up now at www.spellathon.net.

Susan Smith, a Science Teacher at Ysgol Rhosnesni High School in Wrexham, signed her pupils up to take part in Speallthon online last year: “As part of our whole-school literacy initiative, we took part in Mencap’s national Spellathon this past school year. One year group completed eye catching online tasks similar to games they might play at home on their computers. The pupils agreed that Spellathon made spelling fun and accessible.”

Callum, a Year 8 pupil at Ysgol Rhosnesni High School in Wrexham, said: “I enjoyed taking part in the Spellathon as it was cool and it helped me to improve my spelling. I can’t wait to take part next year!”

There are a number of prizes on offer to all schools who sign up to Spellathon and raise money for Mencap, including:

  • £10,000 cash prize for the school that raises the most amount of money, per head of participating pupils
  • Schools who take part can receive a 25% refund on the total money they raise
  • 50 tickets to a Merlin Entertainment Group attraction, which include Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park, Alton Towers Resort and LEGOLAND

This year’s Spellathon competition will start from 18 October 2012 and run until 31 March 2012.

 

About Mencap

There are 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability and their families and carers by fighting to change laws and improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want. www.mencap.org.uk

About Spellathon

Spellathon is a free, online, sponsored spelling competition to make spelling fun for primary and secondary school pupils in the UK. The initiative is run by Mencap, in partnership with Digital Giving. Every school that signs up gives their pupils the chance to improve their spelling, have access to fun, interactive online games, can win prizes and raise sponsorship money to support people with a learning disability. Schools will get back 25% of the sponsorship money they raise for Mencap. www.spellathon.net

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