Scottish SPCA launch primary and secondary school film competition

We have launched our first ever primary and secondary school film competition for Scottish schools.

School Film CompetitionWe visit schools every year to deliver our free Prevention through Education programme, encouraging pupils to become responsible animal citizens. The programme links in with many areas of the Curriculum for Excellence and aims to encourage empathy and compassion towards animals.

Primary and secondary schools have been invited to submit a short film that educates the public, and in particular their peers, on key animal welfare issues that we regularly have to tackle.

The competition gives schools the opportunity to engage their students in a creative and cross curricular activity with the opportunity to win prizes for both themselves and the school.

The judging panel will be looking for innovative and creative methods of conveying a key message to the public, in particular to other school students.

Head of education and policy, Gilly Mendes Ferreira said, “Since 2010 we have seen over 300% increase in the number of calls where children have alerted us to animals in need of our help, which saved injured wildlife and uncovered cases of neglect.

“We are thrilled to be launching this competition for both primary and secondary schools and hope that this continues to encourage children and young adults to be #AlwaysAnimalAware.

“We truly believe children are the key to making a real difference to animal welfare in Scotland.”

The topics, terms and conditions, closing date for submissions and more information regarding the 2019 Schools Film Competition can be found on our website at

The winning films will be announced in June 2019.

School girl with Scottish SPCA helmet on

Education programme

We spoke to more than 245,000 children in 2018 through our Prevention through Eduation programme