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2016 Schools Challenge Assessment Criteria

Page updated 9 Mar 2016

There is no single "right" answer for this task. The challenge is designed to test:

  • your understanding of regional specialities, strengths and opportunities that could contribute to regional development and improved living standards, and
  • your analytical skill and creativity in exploring policy options to develop theses specialities, strengths and opportunities.

Your entry will be evaluated against the following high-level criteria:

  • Understanding of the opportunities - 20%
  • Developing options and recommendations - 50%
  • Presentation of ideas - 30%

A further breakdown of what the judges will be seeking is as follows:

Understanding the opportunities

20%

  • Has the team demonstrated an understanding of the specialities, strengths or opportunities that could contribute to their region's economic development and higher living standards ?
  • Has the team demonstrated an understanding of the benefits of developing these opportunities for their region?

 

Developing policy options and recommendations

50%

  • Do the policy options and recommendations make sense in light of the specialities, strengths or opportunities identified?
  • Has the team demonstrated an understanding of the way in which their selected policy options might lead to improved living standards (applying the living standards framework)?
  • Has the team identified the role of Central/Local government or others in relation to their options and consider costs and who bears them?
  • Are the recommendations justified?
  • Has the team demonstrated creative and original thinking?

 

Presentation of ideas

30%

  • Are the ideas presented clearly?
  • Are the ideas persuasively argued?
  • How accurate are the spelling/grammar/punctuation?
  • Are the speaker/speakers clear, persuasive, and engaging?
  • Did the team keep to the word limit, time limit, and other presentation guidelines?

 

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