About

Learn more about the journey so far and where the idea for the competition came from.

Schools App Challenge was launched back in January 2015 by West Wakefield Health and Wellbeing, as a pilot project under Prime Minister's Challenge Fund to find innovative and digital ways to support the local population. It launched at a time when the new digital curriculum mandate was being introduced into primary schools.

The competition brief and the ultimate Microsoft prize provide a compelling creative and learning catalyst for both primary school students and teachers.

The competition provides a unique opportunity to work with children and teachers to improve their digital skills as well as take an early intervention approach to supporting children's health & wellbeing. By involving rather telling children what we want to share, and genuinely providing a co-creation platform where we commit to build their ideas, we have seen a positive and lasting impact in educational attainment, confidence and behaviour change in the students involved.

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"The innovations taking place in Wakefield really are at the vanguard across England of making health and care services better for local people. The Schools App Challenge provides a unique platform to help children learn key education and health messages that they can then apply into everyday life and carry into adulthood, sharing with friends and family along the way. I am hugely excited about what we can transfer to the rest of the country from here in Wakefield."

Ashley Moore, New Models of Care, NHS England after Final Judging

Connecting digital thinking and app building with cross-curricular application, all layered with some brilliant local leadership and fantastic schools, over 1,400 children have taken part in the Challenge so far. That's one thousand four hundred Key Stage 2 children helping us to communicate and engage with their peers and in doing so helping to build awareness and confidence in young people to make good health choices.

We want every child to have the opportunity to shine and we believe Schools App Challenge provides the foundation to do that. "If can imagine it - we can build it."

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"In my seventeen years as a games developer, all Final Six pitches we saw today were better than some of the professional games demo pitches I've seen in the past. We can't wait to welcome the winners to Rare Studios where they'll get to meet our team and see first hand how games are developed."

Nick Burton, Microsoft's Rare Studios after Final Judging