Commonwealth Class School Stories

1. The competition will be organised and administered by the BBC.

2. The BBC's Code of Conduct for Competitions applies to this competition. You can read more about it here: BBC Competitions Policy.

3. The competition is open to all children aged 7-14 (on the date of entry) in primary and secondary schools in the UK and across the Commonwealth. ("Entrants").

4. To enter the competition, a teacher ("Contact Teacher") from the school must complete the application form, which can be found on the following website:

All answers must be within 500 words.

The Contact Teacher must provide their name and contact details and will be the main point of contact for the Organiser of the competition.

5. By submitting the application form, the Contact Teacher warrants that they have obtained the Head Teacher's permission to the school being entered into the competition and to the application form being posted on the Internet.

By submitting the application form, the Contact Teacher warrants that they have obtained from the children's parent/guardian all necessary permissions to enter the competition and provide any data. Where the application includes photos, videos or audio recordings featuring school pupils, they have Head Teacher consent and have obtained the consent of the parent or guardian of each pupil featured, so that the content can be posted on the Internet. In general photos or video of the school do not include individual portraiture. If pupils are named, surnames must not be used.

Any information or content submitted to the Organisers in the application form will only be published by the BBC.

6. Completed application forms ("Entries") must be submitted online via the following website only

7. The competition opens at 1600 GMT on 28th October 2013. Entries received before this date will not be considered.

8. Closing time for Entries is 2359 GMT on 21 February 2014 (the closing time has been extended from the original time of 2359 GMT on 31 January 2014). Entries received after this time will not be considered. Entries will not be returned so please remember to keep a copy. No feedback on any Entry will be provided.

9. Each class can only apply once. If a class submits more than one Entry, only the first Entry received will be considered.

10. The Organisers will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering this competition. Please see the BBC's Privacy Policy: BBC Privacy Policy and the British Council's Privacy Policy, which can be found at

11. All Entries must be the original work of the Entrants and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The Organisers accept no liability if Entrants ignore these rules and Entrants agree to fully indemnify the Organisers against any claims by any third party arising from any breach of these rules.

12. Entries must not contain defamatory, offensive or any other unsuitable material. Entries must be suitable to be made available by the Organisers to audiences of all ages.

13. Entrants retain all rights in their Entries but grant to the BBC a non-exclusive licence to broadcast their Entry across all media, as well as use it on any online platforms.

14. Entrants permit the BBC to edit or change Entries in any way it may in its sole discretion consider necessary for the purposes of use in the competition and the uses set out in clause 13 above.

15. By submitting the application form, the Contact Teacher warrants that the Entry complies with these Terms and Conditions and that they will be responsible for obtaining and providing all permissions necessary from the school and parents of the children participating.

16. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

• The school demonstrates that it is motivated by the opportunity to tell a story about a significant Commonwealth value/issue. (10)

• The school demonstrates research into the best way of making their film/audio to tell the story in an interesting way with a range of guests both within their own school/community and if appropriate from abroad. (10)

• The Entry demonstrates pupil engagement and contains interesting pupil generated work and teachers have shared it in their Entry using simple interactive tools (e.g. email, digital photo) (10)

• The Entry shows that the pupils are interested in engaging with other children from around the Commonwealth and do so by taking part in online debates.(10)

17. Entries will be judged through the following process:

The judges will mark all entries using the above criteria and points maxima. There will be 2 judges for the UK and 2 for the Commonwealth. The judges will work as separate groups judging for the UK and judging for the rest of the Commonwealth. They will whittle their entries down until they have one winner for the UK and two for the rest of the Commonwealth.

Stage One:-

UK (where ultimately only one school will be chosen for a film)

The two BBC judges draw up a shortlist of 6 schools in light of the judging criteria which of course includes the requirement re a Commonwealth Value/issue

The rest of the Commonwealth (where two schools will be chosen)

The two judges draw up a shortlist of 8 schools in light of the judging criteria which of course includes the requirement re a Commonwealth Value/issue

Stage Two:-

The British Council Judge joins the process for the next stage.

All four judges plus the British Council judge sit in for each of the two separate selection processes

There is still separate decision making for each category. So:-

For the UK:-

In light of the judging criteria all BBC judges plus the British Council judge whittle the 6 nominations down to 3 in the order 1,2,3.

(So number 1 wins and 2 and 3 are reserves.)

For the rest of the Commonwealth:-

In light of the judging criteria all BBC judges plus the British Council judge whittle the 8 nominations down to 4 in the order 1,2,3, 4

(So numbers 1 and 2 win and 3 and 4 are reserves.)

18. The Contact Teacher will be contacted by a member of the BBC production team during the week commencing Monday 17 March. Winning Schools will be asked to provide a copy of the Terms and Conditions signed by the Head Teacher. If a Contact Teacher cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, the Organisers reserve the right to offer the prize to the next best Entry.

19. The prize will consist of the winning schools being contacted by the BBC in order to facilitate making their story into a film through further research if necessary, providing facilities to film/record and edit their story.

20. The prize is as stated and cannot be deferred or transferred. There will be no cash alternatives.

21. The winning UK schools agree to take part in any post-competition publicity, this includes populating their profile page on the BBC Commonwealth Class website and may include being interviewed of filmed by the BBC, subject to participants entering into the BBC's standard contributors agreement.

22. The Organisers' decision is final on all matters relating to the competition and no correspondence will be entered into.

23. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify any Entry which breaches any of these Terms and Conditions or to withhold or withdraw a prize if in its opinion Entries do not reach the required standard.

24. The Organisers reserve the right to amend these Terms and Conditions or cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside its control. In this event, a notice will be posted on the

25. The Organisers, their sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any server, Internet access, system, the post or otherwise which may result in any Entry being lost or not properly registered or recorded. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

26. These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of Scotland.

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