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Durham schoolgirls win top NHS careers competition

The creative talents of two young Durham students have won them top honours in a prestigious national contest. 


Rose Foster (left) and Poppy Bell (right), from Coxhoe, were named North-East primary school winners in the Step into the NHS national competition, which helps to promote more than 350 careers available within the NHS. 


Developed in partnership with teachers, the annual contest encourages school students to create a piece or artwork that showcases the variety of NHS careers, while learning more about the health service. 


Winning pupils are presented with Amazon gift vouchers and have the chance to see their work displayed in the local community. 


Rose, aged 11, and Poppy, aged 10, pupils at Coxhoe Primary School in Durham, impressed the judges with a drawing and short story about the NHS. 


Class teacher Abby Rodgers said: “The children took huge interest in the variety of careers we explored and it helped build their aspirations, with many wanting to join the NHS when they are older. It also helped challenge gender stereotypes and opened up a breadth of knowledge of career paths.” 


She added: “The resources were extremely accessible and engaging and truly inspired our children.” 


Schools across England are now being invited to sign up for next year’s competition. Teachers are provided with a wealth of free learning resources and lesson plans. 


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