Boots Soltan Sun Ready Photo Challenge

* Commissioned post for Boots Soltan*

Finally, after that burst of glorious sunshine last week it feels like spring is finally here and indeed summer is on the horizon.

I think the summer term is probably my favourite – once all the tests are done and dusted and thoughts turn to outdoor PE lessons, sports day and school trips.  Really, is there anything more exciting than getting on a coach with your best friends and heading out of school for the day?  As a teacher one of my most favourite school trips was when we took the whole of Year 6 (90 children over two days!) to Scarborough for the day – some of those children had never actually been to the seaside before!  We struck lucky and the weather was absolutely beautiful and I found myself getting paid to sit on a beach watching the children building sandcastles.  I’m not sure it gets better than that.  School trips are what memories are made of!

This summer the Boots Soltan Sun Ready Schools programme returns for another year, offering primary schools the chance to win £5000 for school trips by taking part in the Sun Ready Photo Challenge.  Four runners up will receive £500 and a set of school bibs for sports day.

Boots Soltan Sun Ready Photo Challenge

With increasing pressure on school budgets, trips and enrichment activities can be the first things to fall by the wayside as schools desperately try to save money.  The prize money offered by Boots Soltan will give teachers and pupils the opportunity to escape the confines of the classroom for the day and take part in an activity, visit or experience which will build on skills like teamwork, leadership and education curiosity.  School trips aren’t all about building sandcastles and having fun, they do serve a genuine educational purpose.

Of course you want to know how your child’s school can get involved don’t you?  The Sun Ready Photo Challenge encourages schools to submit photos of how they stay safe and have fun in the sun be it wearing their coolest sunglasses or popping on their favourite summer hat.  The competition is part of Boots Soltan Sun Ready Schools, a curriculum-linked programme providing free teaching resources that help to equip teachers and pupils with all the knowledge they need to stay safe on warmer days.   23% of sun damage occurs before the age of 18, so by educating young people aged 5-11 about how to stay safe in the sun, the Boots Soltan Sun Ready campaign is ensuring that our children adopt lifelong sun safety habits.   Boots Soltan is the only leading brand that offers 5* UVA protection to prevent permanent skin care damage.

Girls putting on Soltan suncream

Barnes Primary School took part in the campaign last year and Katie Duncombe, PSHE Co-ordinator explained,

“My class really engaged with the Soltan Sun Ready campaign last year, and I know the children will be so excited at the thought of potentially winning money to go on a school trip! School visits are really important and sometimes difficult to come by when we look at our overall budgets. I can’t wait to submit our photos for the competition to show our knowledge of sun safety and to be in with a chance to win.”

Children applying suncream at school

Running alongside the photo competition, the Boots Soltan Sun Ready Schools resources include lesson plans, teachers’ guides, student- facing videos and homework activities that are available again to use this year.  With fun, creative and engaging content, the materials include ideas for Sports Day, Summer Fairs, assemblies, science experiments and writing tasks, all designed to educate about sun safety.

To enter the Sun Ready Photo competition, go to

To download the fun, free, curriculum-linked resources go to:

Make sure you speak to your child’s school about taking part, and don’t forget your suncream!


1 Comment

  1. April 27, 2018 / 11:19 am

    This is a great way to spread the word about protecting yourself during those sunny days! I’ll have a read and see if N.Ireland schools are able to be included in the competition.

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