The Times Spelling Bee Championship

Note: This article is from 2010 

Spelling BeeThe Times Spelling Bee Championship provides the chance for children to display their talents and mastery of spelling and to be part of a high-profile nationwide contest with other schools across the country.

The aim of The Times Spelling Bee Championship is to help make spelling fun and provides the chance for pupils to display their talents and mastery of spelling. The live spelling competitions are exciting and entertaining and families and parents of students in the school team will be welcome to come and watch.  With prizes for both the winning school team and their school.

lexThe Championship

  • Schools from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are taking part in the second Times Spelling Bee Championship. Each team will include four members – three team players and one reserve.
  • The Championship starts on March 8  when schools go head to head in live local knockout spelling heats.
  • The winning teams will then progress to the Semi-Finals, which will take place in May. The climax will be the Grand Final, which will be held in London in June 2010. This will be a high-profile event featured in The Times newspaper and on Times Online.
  • The Times is a committed supporter of standards of English and the aim of the Championship is to make spelling fun and to help teachers to raise the profile of spelling and develop the talents of their students. The Times Spelling Bee is supported by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
  • The Championship provides the chance for students to display their mastery of spelling and to be part of a high-profile nationwide contest with other schools throughout the country.

james_hardingJames Harding, Editor of The Times “Spelling is important, but learning to spell can be frustrating perplexing and bewildering. Our aim through The Times Spelling Bee is to help to make spelling fun. I’m very excited to be launching the 2010 championship and wish all the teams taking part the best of luck. I hope your school will take the opportunity to enter a team and fingers crossed that I might see you all at the 2010 championship Grand Final.”

Mini Bees

  • Spelling Bee comes to primary schools!
  • There are some games that are ideal preparation for 5-11-year-olds to become future Times Spelling Bee champions.
  • The games are divided into three reading age groups – five to seven, seven to nine, and nine to eleven years old – and can be played in the classroom or at home.
  • Each month there will be a special Mini Bees game with words on a particular theme, such as science, geography or nature.
  • And, in the Mini Bees Extra area, the Times has joined forces with Microsoft to create even more themed activities for primary school children to enjoy.


Personal Trainer

  • To become a true spelling champion one needs to master those frustratingly tricky words which rear their ugly heads every few games or so. That’s what the Personal Trainer is for.
  • It keeps a record of all the words a player misspells, and then allows them to play a set of their personal misspellings in one convenient game.
  • Once a player finally spells a word correctly, it is removed from their misspellings pot. Spell it wrong again, and back in it goes!


  • Existing Spelling Bee players may know that it is already possible to challenge another player to a game.
  • We have been working hard to make the process of challenging an opponent easier and more streamlined. It is now possible to challenge an opponent in a couple of clicks.