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Arts and Minds Competition

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Arts & Minds is a schools-based competition organised by the NASUWT to celebrate Black History Month. The Competition is open to children and young people from primary, secondary and special schools across the UK.

The Competition

Entries should reflect the competition’s aims to promote cultural diversity, equality and tackling racism in schools. 

Gok Wan 1Using artwork and creative writing, pupils explore what diversity, equality and identity means to them. This year, we would encourage schools to link their work to the NASUWT campaign ‘Act for Racial Justice’.

Teachers can incorporate the competition into lessons on various subjects including history, humanities, literacy, art and citizenship, as well as school projects.

TV Presenter Gok Wan will again be choosing the overall winner.


Creative Writing includes all forms of creative writing, e.g. stories, poetry and lyrics.

The Anne Frank Poetry Award is a separate category run in conjunction with our partners at the Anne Frank Trust UK. Poems should be inspired by the life and writing of Anne Frank. For more information about the Anne Frank Trust UK and this award, go to: www.annefrank.org.uk.

Art covers all entries of artwork using a variety of media, including photography, digital artwork (excluding film and animation) and collages.

Students should be encouraged to be as creative as possible but keep within the Competition Guidelines (including size limit for artwork and word limit for creative writing). 

Prizes will be awarded to the best entries from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales:

Primary:        up to the age of 11;

Secondary:    up to the age of 16;

Special:        designated special school or unit.

Awards Ceremony and Prizes

Prizes will be presented at a prestigious awards ceremony at a top London hotel on 11 October 2016 and will include:

  • overnight accommodation at the hotel and appropriate travel and subsistence expenses for winning pupils, their parent/guardian and a teacher;
  • a visit to a top London attraction;
  • £1,000 for the overall winning school;
  • £350 for all winning schools;
  • gift vouchers worth up to £100 for winning pupil/s.


See photos from the 2015 Arts & Minds awards ceremony

Entry Forms

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