Chance for Welwyn Hatfield children to be comedians

PUBLISHED: 09:15 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:15 20 February 2017

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Children in Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar are being encouraged to enter a comedy competition which could see their jokes being performed by celebrities on live TV.

BBC Learning has launched a new campaign to improve literacy skills and encourage enjoyment in writing among primary school children across the East of England.

Teaming up with the National Literacy Trust, Comic Relief and Blue Peter, BBC Learning has created a new competition called BBC Red Nose Day Comedy Classroom.

Research by the National Literacy Trust in 2015 found that 37.7% of 32,569 pupils (aged eight to 18) surveyed, didn’t enjoy writing.

In a bid to improve children’s love of literacy, the winners in each age category (age six to eight and nine to 12) will see their jokes performed live on a special Red Nose Day Blue Peter programme in March 2017.

They’ll also have a chance to visit the Blue Peter studio to see the programme and will receive an orange Blue Peter competition winner’s badge, a signed certificate and Comedy Classroom trophy.

The final judging panel will include Richard Curtis, Miranda Hart, and Blue Peter’s Barney Harwood.

Sir Lenny Henry co-founder of Comic Relief said: “No matter how old you are, we all love to laugh and to tell jokes. Now it’s your turn for Red Nose Day, join in with your friends and classmates to come up with some hilarious jokes.

“It’s a great way to get involved with all the fun.”

The competition closes on February 28.

To enter visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1j8yTlYvJLLNKRCvhSz0DsG/red-nose-day-comedy-classroom-competition

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