Literacy - Creating a buzz
The first UK-wide spelling bee is being repeated next year and is taking entries for its second annual competition.
The aim of The Times Spelling Bee is to make spelling fun, help teachers raise the profile of spelling and develop the talents of their students. This year, more than 750 schools took part, with 10 making it to a grand final in London's West End.
The 2010 competition begins with heats in March. Contestants should turn 12 between September 1, 2009, and August 31, 2010. The winning teams will progress to the semi-finals in May, with the final in London next June. The deadline for entries is December 4.
Elaine Higgleton, editorial director of official competition dictionary Collins, said: "The Times Spelling Bee makes spelling fun, and children learn so much more from it than just how to spell some rather difficult words. I was impressed by the confidence and presentational skills of the children taking part in 2009, and by the great sense of fair play and sporting attitude towards competitors which were in evidence during every stage of the competition."