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SPEN launches power safety competition in Merseyside

17/11/2016

We have launched our PowerWise Champions campaign with primary schools in Merseyside to raise awareness of power cut safety as we head into the winter months.

PowerWise Champions is our initiative which encourages pupils to learn about the importance of electricity and staying safe around it through a free online educational resource which is available to teachers, parents and kids. Following a lesson in power safety at school using the online resources, pupils in Merseyside will compete in a drawing challenge to win their school an iPad mini, a visit from an SP Energy Networks engineers and the chance to be part of an exciting power safety video which will become an online tool for next year’s resources.

The competition also encourages schools to nominate their PowerWise Champion; a school representative who will be a power safety ambassador for their school and able to advise their friends on how to behave and what to do in the event of a power cut.

Andrew Lloyd, District General Manager for Merseyside at SP Energy Networks, said: “Recognising equipment on the electricity network and how to stay safe around it helps children make safer decisions if they experience a power emergency and gives them an understanding of what to do during a power cut. Our PowerWise Champion competition is a chance for schools to really engage with the topic of electricity and become knowledgeable about a subject that can be an important lesson in the school curriculum. We’re really looking forward to seeing the creative drawings from school pupils across Merseyside.”

Mrs A-M Moore, Headteacher at Broadgreen Primary School said: “We think it’s absolutely fantastic what the team at SP Energy Networks have created. The PowerWise resource is engaging, creative and a fun way for our pupils to learn about the importance of power safety. We’ll definitely be entering the competition and encouraging our pupils to find this year’s PowerWise Champion.”

PowerWise is a free teaching resource available to school teachers to help educate pupils on the importance of electricity and staying safe around it. All lesson ideas are interactive, engaging and linked to English, Welsh and Scottish curricula. Teachers and parents can register to access the free resources at powerwise.org.uk.

The competition is open for entries from Friday, 18 November and closes on Monday, 19 December. For more information, contact spnetworks@stripecommunications.com or visit www.powerwise.org.uk

 

 

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