A judge on the nation’s largest children’s writing competition that was created by TV and radio star Chris Evans, is urging youngsters in Cornwall and Devon to take part.
Lecturer for Access to Higher Education at Cornwall College Saltash, Norma Barrett, who is celebrating five years as a judge on the 500 Words competition, said it is “really important for children to write about their feelings”.
“I love reading children’s stories and I know how important it is to encourage children to not just read, but also write,” she continued.
“As a judge you can choose which age category to be responsible for and this year I am judging ages five to nine. The winners will be going to the Tower of London for the awards ceremony, which will be a great experience for them.”
The competition was set up seven years ago when Chris had an ambition to get children excited about reading and writing. Entrants are tasked with writing an original story on any theme they wish in 500 words or less. If they win their story is read live on the radio by a celebrity.
“I like to link the completion into our Access to Childhood Studies course,” Norma continued.
“It enables our students to see areas of the curriculum they will be covering in their placements. It helps them relate to how important literacy is from a young age.”
Team Lead for Access to Higher Education at Cornwall College Saltash, Kevin Smale, said this is “a great recognition of the skills, knowledge and respect Norma has”.
“She has a great connection with many organisations that can help support our learners and our Access to Childhood Studies is a stepping stone to University for education, early years or any childhood courses.”
Any budding young writers have until 23rd February to submit their story online.
For more information about the range of Access to Higher Education courses available across The Cornwall College Group, please visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or contact the College on 0330 123 2523.