YOU THE CORRIE CLASS OF 2010?
THINK you can
dream up a more dastardly villain than Tony Gordon or a more lovable
rogue than Steve McDonald, or even a more dramatic storyline than
Gail McIntyre’s wrongful imprisonment?
Well then here’s your
chance to shine. Imperial Leather is one of the 5 Best of
British brands that has teamed up with Coronation Street for its
50th anniversary campaign. To celebrate, Imperial Leather has joined
forces with Michelle Keegan, who plays Tina in the soap, and
Jonathan Harvey and Jan McVerry from Corrie’s scriptwriting team, to
offer school children across the UK the chance to win an exclusive
scriptwriting workshop at their school, plus their teacher could win
a Corrie VIP day, to include a set tour and taking part in the
filming of a scene.
The Corrie Class of 2010 is a unique competition inviting Year 9 and
Year 10 classes in Merseyside to create a new character and
storyline with their teachers. Entries will be judged by the Corrie
scriptwriting team as well as a member of the cast with the winning
school receiving this once in a lifetime prize.
Caroline Reynolds, Senior Brand Manager for Imperial Leather says:-
“We’re thrilled to be working together with the team at
Coronation Street on our Corrie Class of 2010 competition.
It’s a great initiative and one which we hope people will get
Kieran Roberts, Executive Producer for Coronation Street, adds:-
"Corrie is renowned for strong, memorable characters and riveting
storylines making this a fantastic competition for the team to be
involved with. It's also a great opportunity for teachers and
students to get advice and feedback from some of the best
scriptwriters in the business, and who knows; maybe we'll find the
writing talent of the future!"
Runners up will receive a tour of the Corrie set with their class
and the five class finalists will receive an original signed Corrie
script for their school.
To enter, schools simply need to register their interest online by
the end of May by visiting:-
An entry pack is available online which will provide all of the
materials for teachers to guide their lessons including some top
tips from the Corrie scriptwriting team themselves, biogs, exclusive
insights into characters and instructions on how to layout and write
The competition closes on 9 July 2010 and winners will be announced
HUGE PRESSURE ON FOSTERING DRIVES CALL FOR MORE FOSTER CARERS
England and Wales is under increasing pressure due to the
unprecedented rise in numbers of children needing foster care and
the ongoing shortage of foster carers, the Fostering Network is
warning today with the launch of Foster Care Fortnight. The
campaign, which runs from 17 May to 30 May 2010, highlights the shortage of
10,000 foster families across the UK. Under the strapline Do you
have the skills to foster? it aims to encourage people with the
right skills and qualities to consider a career in fostering.
Market research carried out by the charity looked at the impact of
thousands more children needing foster care given the ongoing
shortage of foster families, and found that in the past 12 months:-
► 82% of local authorities saw a rise in the number of children
needing foster homes in 2009-10, building on the 5% rise in 2008-09.
33% needed to find families for more than 50 additional children in
► 58% of local authorities have found it even more difficult than
usual to find the right homes for children.
► There is a particular need for more foster carers for teenagers
and children under four.
► 42% of foster carers have looked after a child outside their area
of expertise (for example, a foster carer who is trained and
approved to look after teenagers having to take in a baby).
Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network, said:-
“Fostering services had been making progress in recruiting
more foster carers and finding children the right foster family, but
this has clearly been pushed back by the unprecedented rise in
children coming into foster care. Fostering services are working
really hard to find the right foster family for every child, but
with such a shortage of foster carers they are faced with a huge
In some areas there are simply no spare beds. Children are being
sent further away from their schools and friends, and sometimes to
foster carers who don’t have the skills and experience to deal with
the child’s specific needs. Some local authorities are saying that
it is the worst it has ever been.
Fostering services urgently need more people with the right skills
and qualities to come forward to foster, and they need them now, so
children don’t lose out.”