My hearty congratulations to Ralph Holmes of Langley School, Norfolk, for winning Yacapaca’s Author of the Year award. I announced the award here, but briefy the 1000+ courses on Yacapaca were whittled down to a shortlist of seven best-in-subject exemplars. A panel of judges then selected the winner and runner up. The winner gets a seriously groovy iPod Touch.
So why did they pick Ralph’s Years 9,10 and 11 Physics course? The judges felt it was excellent for revision work, and particularly praised the comprehensive feedback and the quality of presentation.
Runner-up was Hannah Mohon of Huntcliff School in Saltburn-by-Sea, for her AQA GCSE History course. I was not surprised it did well – it is a huge resource, certainly the most comprehensive in Yacapaca.
Perhaps the most succinct judging comment was from John Boyle:
I thought both the top placed courses were by far the most student orientated and visually pleasing, even though the two winning courses are not areas of interest for me personally, I found both courses extremely interesting, and am sure pupils would feel the same.
I am really glad it was not me doing the judging. I loved all the resources in the shortlist, and would have agonised forever over denying the top prize to any of them. Fortunately, the judges were made of sterner stuff! I would really like to thank them for the hard work they have put in.