If you're looking for an activity to motivate your students, to get them thinking about issues like diversity and inclusion, and to work in a medium they love - film - then you should explore BT's Big Voice. Taking part qualifies your school to join the Get Set network and be first in line for tickets to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. You can also apply for visits to the Olympic Park and will be eligible to use the London 2012 education logo. Big Voice is a national competition for students, sponsored by BT. It comes with a complete set of video-based resources that teach a valuable set of skills including group discussion, problem solving and using film to influence people. You can use the resources to teach these essential skills whether you enter the competition or not - they support lots of curriculum areas like Citizenship, English, Media Studies and PLTS - but we hope you will consider entering and winning the chance for your students? film treatments to be turned into brilliant short films. We've uploaded a selection of these onto the TES Resource bank and would love to get your comments. To enter the competition, teams of young people between 11 and 19 need to submit a proposal for a film that covers an issue in their community that they want to change. The deadline is May 27, 2011. After that, the Big Voice judging panel will choose 36 winning treatments, 3 from each of 12 regions around the UK (9 regions in England, plus Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). In the second phase, the 36 winning treatments get made into real films, using crews from university film production courses, plus a budget of £1,000. All the completed films get shown on city centre video screens during the run up to the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. There will be ?Oscars? for regional and national winners. To find out more about the competition visit www.bt.com/bigvoice. All the resources are free and available here. Here?s a short description of each one: Introduction to Big Voice Explains the basics of Big Voice, what kind of team tasks are involved and what prizes and awards are on offer. Ideal for playing to students to get them excited about taking part. What?s the problem? Shows students how to have constructive group discussions even when individuals have strongly differing views. The students use the ?golden Rules? established by the video to guide them as they discuss the issues that concern them the most. What?s the solution? Reveals a universal three-stage approach to dealing with problem situations of all kinds. Once the process has been understood, students can use it to come up with practical solutions to the issues that concern them. Turning your ideas into a film Explains the various ways in which film can be used to influence people through either a drama or documentary approach. Contains practical advice on all key ingredients, from interviews and vox pops to hard-hitting drama. Writing the treatment. Deals specifically with the task of writing a film treatment, drawing on the advice of media professionals. This is your ticket to BT?s Big Voice Competition and the chance to get your film made. If you want to know more, call us on 020 89606069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.