Gaming Festival 2018


This July we hosted our first Curriculum Innovation Gaming Festival. The Festival was open to any school who took out Premium Services as part of our subscription. The objective is to let children know the gaming industry is a valid career path here in Bradford in particular and the North of England in general. We had a packed, exciting afternoon that consisted of the following:

  • Listening to professional coders Chris and Shi from WetGenes and finding out about all the different jobs in the gaming industry. We found out there are over one hundred and fifty businesses making games in Yorkshire.
  • Playing and judging games that children had created for our Best Game Competition.
  • Rating character designs and game sleeves for our Best Character and Best Game Concept entries.
  • Getting hands on experience building a game in Construct 3.

Some feedback from the teachers was:

“The pupils raved about it all the way home in the taxi.” Chris Hillam, Farfield

“The children enjoyed playing the games (especially their own!). It was also encouraging for the children to see others playing their game and making positive comments about it.  One of my children heard another child say, “This game is good.  If it was on iTunes, I’d download it!”  This made her day!  Tim Astin, Bradford Academy.

“I thought it was a great idea to get some professional game developers in to share what they do and the message that there are so many different jobs to do in the industry was inspirational!” Matthew O’Leary, Worthinghead Primary

The best game category was won by Rayan from Bradford Academy, you can play his game below.


The best character design was won by a pupil from Long Lee Primary. Her design and character description are below.

Evan from Thackley Primary won the best game concept design. Here he is with his award back in school.

Tim Bleazard

Tim has over 20 years experience as a primary school teacher, twelve of them as an ICT co-ordinator. In 2009 he was seconded to Challenge City Learning Centre and used the opportunity to assist schools in their understanding and use of a range of new and emerging technologies. He joined the team as a Curriculum Innovation Consultant in 2012. Tim is a qualified E-Safety Mark Assessor, CEOP Ambassador, Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer and a Google Certified Teacher. Tim’s role includes evaluating a range of mobile devices (Apple, Android and Microsoft) and advising on their appropriate use in schools. Tim is passionate about blogging, programming and using creative digital technology such as video, animation, photography and audio to raise attainment across the curriculum. He leads the very successful ‘Media Literacy Leaders’ project in partnership with Bradford UNESCO City of Film, the British Film Institute and Cape UK.

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