Make IT Happy Marks Best Start Ever

  • Greatest ever number of early registrations for the competition
  • 597 schools already registered
  • Registrations span schools across 241 parliamentary constituencies

With under one month to go, the Make IT Happy, Make IT Safe competition has already registered 597 schools across 241 constituencies. The charts are topped by the North West region, with 104 registrations, followed by Yorkshire and the Humber with 82. The competition is neck and neck for the top constituencies. Croydon South, represented by Richard Ottaway, and South Down, represented by Margaret Ritchie, have registered 13 and 12 schools respectively.

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Baroness Grey-Thompson with some of the winners last year.

The contest is currently in its seventh year, and more than 5,000 pupils have already taken part. The 2013 Make IT Happy competition focuses on security. Using the slogan Make IT Safe, it is aimed at 9-11-year-olds and includes special lesson plans to enable primary school teachers to introduce Internet safety to their classes in an engaging and enjoyable way. The competition’s aim is to recognise and reward the excellent and inspirational work primary schools do with IT, particularly how they use it to reach out to their wider communities. 12 winning schools will be rewarded with more than £23,000 in prize money, as well as a trip to the Houses of Parliament for an official award ceremony in June 2013.

The competition is run by The Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR) and e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology, and enjoys the support of more than 60 cross-party MPs. Make IT Happy, Make IT Safe is also generously supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Nominet Trust.

Interested schools are strongly encouraged to submit their applications before April 6th. More information and instructions on how to download the necessary material can be found in the Make IT Happy website.

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