Spelling Star – the new family TV Show is looking for a UK Spelling Star!

by Anna Michaelidou

Children learn to spell in the same way that they learn to read; through developmental stages. And naturally some children progress faster than others. Is your child such a spelling star?

If so from the producers of Pointless and The Million Pound Drop comes an exciting new TV show for Sky 1...

spelling star

If you think your child has what it takes to take part in some fun spelling games and challenges and spell some big words then Spelling Star is the way to go.

Your child will need to be aged between 9 and 13, have a passion for spelling, a love of words and enjoy a challenge! The programme will follow a number of children as they take on different word-based competition rounds including speed spelling, identifying incorrectly spelled words, clue-based questions and relay-style challenges!

Spelling Star is a warm-hearted family show celebrating brilliant and amazing children at their very best. The show aims to provide these children with a valuable educational experience whilst promoting their reading and literacy skills. The show will also encourage the children to engage in some healthy competition within a supportive and friendly studio environment.

The application process is in three parts and will include a spelling and grammar test for your child to take alone. It is also important to note that if your child is selected, parents must be happy to be in front of the camera as they will also be on the show! To apply, go to:


The closing date for all completed applications is midday on 20th May 2016. Auditions will take place between 21st May and 12the June 2016. Filming will take place for two consecutive weeks between 18th July and 14th August 2016.

First Tutors is supporting the challenge to find the UK's first Spelling Star Champion. You can also find more information on Twitter:

Spelling Star UK Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpellingStarUK

And Facebook:

Spelling Star UK Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpellingStarUK

Will your child be crowned Spelling Star Champion 2016?

Children must be between the ages of 9 and 13 years during the production period of 18th July to 31st August 2016 (so born between 1st September 2002 and 18th July 2007) and have the right to reside in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man to be eligible to apply.