A FAMILY of schools in Wyre Forest today launched a challenge to hundreds of primary aged pupils to come up with an idea that could change the world.

Children at the Severn Academies Educational Trust six primary schools have four weeks to develop their ideas, culminating with a presentation of their designs, drawings and prototypes to their classmates.

Each school will then put their best idea forward to a grand final on March 31.

The One Big Idea challenge is being run in conjunction with education tech company 8 Billion Ideas whose chief executive will join trust leaders in choosing the winner.

Project coordinator Adrian McLean, trust leader for personal development, said: “The challenge is to harness the thinking skills and entrepreneurial spirit of all our pupils, with the emphasis on inspiring creativity, possibilities and imagination to dream big.”

Pupils from Stourport Primary Academy, St Bartholomew’s CE Primary, Wilden All Saints CE Primary, Hartlebury CE Primary, Wolverley Sebright Primary Academy and associate trust member Far Forest Lea Memorial CE Primary watched the launch via a Zoom webinar.

Chris King, trust chief executive, said: “Just before the first lockdown we held a highly successful Harmony Day, bringing all our children together. Since then, one of our biggest challenges has been ensuring we stay connected and continue the amazing collaborative work that happens in our schools.

“Our superb Children’s Council has carried on meeting and sharing ideas and we hope this activity will help spark additional spin off projects for us to work on together later in the year when restrictions ease further.”