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The Worshipful Company of International Bankers/London Schools Competition for 2018 Teacher Guidelines

London Schools Competition for 2018 Teacher Guidelines

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Exciting changes for the eleventh year of the WCIB Schools competition

The Worshipful Company of International Bankers’ (WCIB)

London Schools Competition for 2018

Teacher Guidelines

Exciting changes for the eleventh year of the WCIB Schools competition.

This year provides an exciting opportunity for students participating in the competition, with an expansion of the prizes available.

In addition to the cash prizes available for school winners and runners up, winning essayists from each school will be invited to take part in the following:

  • The Lord Mayor’s Show. This is a unique opportunity to walk with the WCIB float in the parade and to network with WCIB members.
  • The WCIB Gateway to City Careers Spring programme. Students will receive support to develop their employability skills and knowledge of recruitment practices and attend masterclasses to learn about city careers. The Spring programme is delivered in partnership with The Brokerage and takes place outside of lesson time, in evenings and during half term.

The essay title.

Students in years 12 and 13 are invited to write a 1000 word

(+ or – 10%) letter discussing the following:

“The Lord Mayor of  the City of London is an ambassador for the UK's Financial and Professional Services centre.  Write a letter to him explaining your ideas as to how to improve diversity in the City's workforce."

Please note: Diversity is a big topic. It is expected that students might choose to focus on one or two aspects of diversity, for example gender, ethnicity or social class.


Competition rules and information for teachers.

The WCIB 2018 competition will function on the following lines:

  • There is no cost to schools / colleges / academies (“school(s)”) to enter this competition.
  • The competition is open to all members of years 12 and 13 (whatever subjects they are doing) and to others if they wish to participate.
  • Schools entering students into the competition must register their names with the Tom Slatter at The Brokerage by email (tom@thebrokerage.org.uk) by email by September 15th.
  • Entries must be 1,000 words +/- 10% and prepared in digital format compatible with MS Word. Longer or shorter entries will be disqualified. Word count must be stated on each entry.
  • Each entry must have a cover sheet stating the name of the author, the name of the school and the date it was delivered to the teacher for assessment together with the word count.
  • The teachers at each school are asked to set their own internal school deadline for students. The teacher will then decide the winner and runner-up (if there are 5 entries at least) for their schools.
  • Teachers will send the winning entry with its completed cover sheet and a statement of the number of entries actually received to Tom Slatter at the latest by October 31st who will add the entry to a pool of winning entries from participating schools.
  • Included in the prizes for school winners and runners up is an invitation to take part in the Lord Mayor’s show on November 10th.
  • The pool of winning entries will be submitted to the WCIB Awards Committee who will assess the entries and select the overall winner and highly commended entries by November 24th.
  • Every entrant will receive a certificate from the WCIB to record participation in this competition. It is essential therefore for teachers to submit to the contact person the names of all participants who actually submitted an entry by November 24th. These names will be forwarded to the WCIB as soon as received.
  • Diary Date: The WCIB will organise an awards ceremony to which all winners and runners up will be invited together with a parent/guest and teacher. It will be held at a City of London venue on December 4th, 2018 starting at 5:45pm and will provide an opportunity for students to talk about their aspirations and career ideas with members of the WCIB.

The awards.

  • Individual school winners will receive £100, an invitation to take part in the Lord Mayor’s show and an automatic place on the WCIB Gateway to City Careers Spring programme.
  • Individual school runners-up (provided there are at last 5 entries from the school) will receive £50, an invitation to take part in the Lord Mayor’s show an opportunity to apply for the remaining places on the WCIB gateway to City Careers Spring programme
  • £100 for the overall pool winner and £50 for the three highly commended entries in the pool. This means the overall winner will receive a total of £200 and the three individuals having highly-commended entries will receive a total of £150.

In addition the WCIB will match the prize money won by the students at each school as a single grant for departmental use.

The overall winner’s entry will be published in the WCIB newsletter.

On all matters relating to this competition, the WCIB’s decision is final and binding.

These details can be found on: www.internationalbankers.org.uk under the “competition” icon and can be made available to potential entrants in the competition. Details can also be found on the Brokerage Citylink site at www.thebrokerage.org.uk

Contact: Tom Slatter

Email: tom@thebrokerage.org.uk

Telephone: 020 7628 9904



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