Sponsors and Partners

Help support bereaved children, young people & their families with our charity partner, Grief Encounter

The ESFA’s charitable partner, Grief Encounter, leading UK bereavement charity, provide free, professional bereavement services, including a national helpline for those experiencing grief. During the last 12 months, calls to their ‘grieftalk’ helpline have been the busiest they’ve ever experienced, so the charity has launched a brand new covid-secure initiative to raise money, supporting the incredibly important services that they provide. We’d love it if you could help them too!

The ESFA are sharing Grief Encounters’ Forget-Me-Not Walk details in the hope that our schools and young people can come together, safely, to support the work carried out by the charity, which provides a hugely essential service to youngsters across the country.

How can you help?

  1. Share these details to your teachers, parents and pupils to encourage them to get involved:
    • Registration costs £5 and each registered walker will receive a ‘forget-me-not’ walk baseball cap or dog bandana (!) plus a packet of forget-me-not seeds to plant on or after the walk.
    • You can create a forget-me-not walk JustGiving page, this can be for individuals or you could create a ‘whole school’ page, where you can combine any donations you receive.
  2. Support the campaign as a school, you could look at the key aspects of the campaign such as:
    • Health & wellbeing
    • Remembrance
    • Community Support

Could you base a lesson around grief encounter and the work they do (you can contact them directly for teaching resources) and then encourage your pupils (and staff!) to take part in the walk on Sunday 21 March?

3. Become Forget-Me-Not Walk Champions

Every person who shares the ‘forget-me-not’ walk details on their social media channels, by word of mouth or any other way, is already a champion, but could you or your school take it to the next level? Maybe you could invite your pupils to write stories, poems or songs about raising money for the cause? £26 funds a grieftalk helpline session – maybe you and your pupils could think about ways of using ‘26’ to promote the walk too?

Head over to the Grief Encounter website for full details, the registration link and to find the JustGiving page that you can also personalise for individuals or the school. There is plenty more information on their website.

If you would like to become a forget-me-not walk champion, then please email sarah.kearney@schoolsfa.com directly to register and discuss how you can help us support this fantastic cause.

If you would like to confidentially talk to the team at Grief Encounter please call freephone 0808 802 0111, they are there to listen every weekday 9am – 9pm.

Classroom Challenge

Win £2,000 cash for your school with the ESFA & Panini’s Classroom Challenge for 2021

The Classroom Challenge returns with some exciting opportunities for your school

The Classroom Challenge continues into 2021 with a brand-new opportunity for your school to win £2,000 cash with a ‘Design a Football’ competition – but hurry, there’s only 1,500 packs up for grabs!

For the chance to take part in the competition, putting your school in the running to win £2,000 cash, a Panini assembly and trophy presentation, plus a £50 Amazon voucher and a football shirt for the winning pupil. All you need to do is register your school via this link.

Aside from the fantastic Classroom Challenge competition, your school will also receive sticker albums, sticker packets and a competition guide, which you can use within your school. We have had some amazing feedback from teachers from across England on the benefits of receiving these goodies and entering our competitions – here are some of our favourites:

“Although we didn’t win, our children have absolutely loved taking part. The packs have gone down a storm and I’m constantly getting children coming up to me to show me which players they’ve got.”

“The packs have gone down very well in school. We had a few spares left over from the ones originally sent, which have made a fantastic motivational tool and prizes for outstanding work.”

“Thank you for organising this competition. Our sports-mad Y6 children really enjoyed the opportunity to design a trophy and challenge each other with the packs.”

“A really popular competition, thank you so much for organising it!”

To register, simply click here or follow the link at the bottom of the page and enter your details – but hurry, we only have 1,500 packs to send out and you only have until 14 December to register your school! The competition will run throughout January and we’re already excited to see the entries we’ll receive. The standards have been incredibly high in previous competitions and we love to see how creative school children in England can be!

The latest Classroom Challenge was won by Jack from Year 6 at Beckwithshaw Primary School in Harrogate after he created a fantastic trophy design, being chosen from over 3,500 entries! Beckwithshaw Primary School will now be presented with a cheque for £2,000 plus some fantastic prizes for Jack during an assembly hosted virtually by Panini in the coming weeks.

The ESFA are delighted to be able to share these Panini resources with primary schools in England and are already looking forward to seeing the quality of the latest Classroom Challenge designs!

For further details or information, or to register your school to receive updates, please contact PaniniComp@schoolsfa.com

Register via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/classroomchallenge5