Primary school children up and down the country are today battling it out in an online head-to-head quiz to find which will be crowned Britain’s Brainiest School.
7,213 children aged 8 and 9 in 374 primary schools will take part in the pioneering competition, masterminded by Becta, the government’s agency for technology in education, and the National Education Network (NEN).
The questions will cover curriculum areas including history, science, citizenship, numeracy and literacy. Each question has been written by high profile partners including organisations such as Historic Royal Palaces, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Birdseye.
“We are delighted to see so many schools from across the country taking part in the first ever online National Schools Quiz and embracing the potential that technology offers,” said Stephen Crowne, Chief Executive of Becta. “We believe that integrating technology across the entire curriculum is essential to making lessons and learning more enjoyable and rewarding and this quiz is a great example of how technology can be used to help inspire and excite learners up and down the UK.”
It’s not just the title up for grabs however. £3,000 worth of ICT equipment goes to the winning team.