Chess in Schools in Bristol primary schools – UK

Chess in Schools and Communities

Chess in Schools aims to improve educational outcomes and social development through the world’s oldest game.



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6-11 years

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This project will see the expansion of the previously funded Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) Bristol programme to an additional 10 schools/PRU’s for the academic year 2013-2014. The new primary schools will be concentrated in South and East Bristol. Trained chess tutors are sent into each school to deliver the detailed 30-week curriculum with class worksheets and hand-outs, 1 hour per week for 30 weeks during class time.  The. project will also provide coaching and support for 50 of the most gifted and talented pupils reached by the charity in Bristol, Middlesbrough, Leeds and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.


Chess sets, teaching boards, CSC curriculum manual and books for the school library are all to be provided. Children of different cultures can interact thanks to the universal appeal of chess. One aim is to bring the communities of South Bristol (white working class with high unemployment) and East Bristol (Somali/Indian/Pakistani) together through chess competitions held borough-wide. CSC currently work in 22 schools in Bristol. Through this project that number will increase to 32. ALMT’s support will pay for the tutors’ fees, chess sets, travel expenses, a 1-day training course for up to 25 education professionals on how to teach chess and an end of year school chess competition.

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