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SPONSORED: Promethean has launched its #ClassroomStory competition, where schools could win a technology package

Posted by Julian Owen | May 15, 2019 | Technology

Stories about workload, wellbeing and record numbers of teachers leaving the profession are dominating the headlines in the UK, in what some are calling a ‘crisis in education’. Whilst the challenges educators are facing urgently need addressing, it is also important to recognise some of the amazing work teachers are doing and the impact they are making to the lives of their students.

For the love of learning, this term, Promethean has launched the #ClassroomStory competition to share treasured teaching memories and give educators the chance to win a state-of-the-art technology package.

Over the past two years, the Promethean Grant has celebrated schools around the UK, with pupils taking the limelight in the creative video competition which saw over 60 ActivPanels awarded to winning schools. This time around, in 2019, Promethean wants to hear from you, the teachers, in the all new #ClassroomStory competition.

Do you remember a time when a pupil came to you after class for extra help? When a pupil excelled because of your support? The best piece of advice a colleague has given you? If you have a story to tell, Promethean would love to hear from you and share your story with the teaching community.

The #ClassroomStory competition was previewed at leading education technology show Bett, in London in January. Promethean created a video booth where for the duration of the show, educators came and told their stories to be in with the chance of winning an ActivPanel, an advanced interactive front of class display. Some really inspirational and heart-warming stories were captured – but one story in particular stood out to judges.

Promethean wants to know all about those magical teaching moments that really give you a sense of fulfilment

Dan’s #ClassroomStory

Dan Rolles, network manager at Sheiling Special Education Trust, shared his story that encompassed the ethos that every member of staff in a school has a valuable role to play, and that teaching and learning has a long lasting impact on pupils and their career prospects.

Dan told Promethean about a child named Brandon who would frequently come to his office to ask ICT related questions and had a real passion for technology. At the time, technology was still an emerging trend in schools and was seen as a fairly ‘nerdy’ subject, but this did not phase Brandon, and Dan encouraged him to learn more about ICT.

Recently, Dan bumped into Brandon and discovered that he is now working for the ICT department of a large bank. Brandon thanked Dan for the support he had given him in school and said he had inspired him on to pursue a career in ICT.

Sharing your #ClassroomStory

If you, or a colleague have a special teaching memory, then why not share it as a video and celebrate what is positive in education? Promethean wants to know all about those magical teaching moments that really give you a sense of fulfilment. Share your video on social media using the hashtag #ClassroomStory, the most inspirational stories will be shortlisted, and educators will be in with a chance of winning one of five ActivPanel packages valued at approximately £3,000 – the shortlisted stories will then go to a public vote in June.

For more information on how to enter the #ClassroomStory competition, visit or email

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