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Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Competition: schools shortlist announced

The shortlist for entries to the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Competition from primary and secondary schools has been announced today, 30 November...

30 November 2021

 

Join us online at 11.00 - 11.45 on Friday 3 December to celebrate the winners of both the £5,000 development grants and the £5,000 and £2,000 prizes for schools. Register free here


The shortlist for entries to the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Competition from primary and secondary schools has been announced today, 30 November.

There were two entry categories - primary and secondary - with prizes of £5,000 and £2,000 in each category for the school that best answers the question:

How do we improve the way that our roads and streets work for us in a changing world?

To help answer this key issue, pupils and teachers were asked to consider:

  • What is the big idea? 

  • How does it work?

  • Who will it benefit?

  • And what would your school do with £5,000?

The Competition had two groups of entrants: schools (primary and secondary) were eligible for cash prizes of up to £5,000, and organisations competed for development grants of £5,000. The final stage of the competition will see the development grant winners competing again, following three months’ additional work on their projects, for the ‘Grand Grant’ of up to £150,000. 

The competition attracted an incredible 142 entries.

The final winner – or winners – of the £150,000 fund, to be selected from those in receipt of the £5,000 development grants, will be celebrated at a Gala Reception on 28 March 2022, at Prince Philip House, home of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Carlton House Terrace, in the heart of London St James’.

All schools that submitted valid entries will receive a special certificate to celebrate their entry.

The shortlist of successful entries from organisations was published on 24 November 2021. 

Register here for the Dec 3 ‘winners webinar’

About the schools entrants

‘The future of how our roads & streets “work” for all of us is something we can all contribute to and, as Trustees, we are keen that the enthusiasm and interest of William Rees Jeffreys had for making roads more attractive and enjoyable can be sustained in the very different world of future travel,’ said Ginny Clarke, Trustee and Chair of the Judging Panel. 

‘It was refreshing to hear from some new voices to the sector and be presented with some very well-thought out ideas,’ she added. ‘We were very pleased to see that many entries showed a “strong alignment” to the views of William Rees Jeffreys.’

‘It was evident from some entries that the children had played a large part in developing the ideas and presenting them,’ she noted.

The Judges felt there was some valuable material to support teaching included within the various entries, and will be considering how to create a resource that can be widely shared in future.

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