Contest offers £14K worth of writing equipment to primary schools

Writing tools worth more than £14,000 are up for grabs for primary schools taking part in a handwriting Olympiad.

Stationery seller BIC, in partnership with handwriting tool Start-Bee, launched the nationwide competition to get primary school children writing by asking them to complete the sentence: “I love being able to write because…”.

Winners from more than 20 schools can claim a range of prizes including handwriting support for pupils and teachers, as well as writing tools.

Mishka Smith, stationery trade marketing manager at BIC UK, said: “The ability to creatively express one’s thoughts and feelings by putting pen to paper is perhaps the most important stage in a child’s development, and we can’t wait to see pupils’ interpretations of why writing is so important to them.”

Visit to enter the BIC Handwriting Olympiad, which closes on July 31.

The first 20 schools to enter will receive a BIC Kids Gift Box and overall winners are due to be announced August 31.