Is my school or college eligible to win an award?
Yes. Every infant, primary and secondary school in the UK is eligible to enter. Student and learner colleges are also eligible. Each school council can only enter once per year. Multiple councils from one school can each submit an entry but must have separate contact details. A winning school council will be selected from each of the four age categories:
- Infant age (4-7)
- Junior age (7-11)
- Secondary age (11-16)
- Young adults (16-19)
What do I need to do to enter?
You simply need to be able to tell us about a school council project you're proud of. Whatever your student council's project or achievement, we want to hear about it.
What information do I need to complete my entry?
You'll need a good knowledge of the project you're entering. To complete your entry form and nominate your project you’ll need:
- A short project description or summary
- A comment or quote from a student
- A comment or quote from an adult
- Information about how you evaluated the project
- A good idea of the number of people involved
- A description of your project’s impact, both within and outside the school
- A description of the project’s impact or change
How long will it take?
Once you've gathered the relevant information, we estimate it will take you about an hour to complete the online entry form.
You can save your progress and return to it any time before the deadline.
Do I have to enter online?
No. You can also download an entry form, complete it and send it in by post.
Can students complete the awards entry form?
A member of your school's teaching or administrative staff must take overall responsibility for entering your school council. However, the entry questions may be completed by either a teacher or a pupil. Effective applications are often from student council reps working with a relevant teacher.
Our project has made a big difference, but it’s not finished – can we still enter it?
Yes. We're most interested in the difference your student council has made in your school or community, rather than whether or not your project has finished.
I’m not sure our project will win – should we bother entering?
Yes, you should. Your school council makes a difference in your school - by meeting to represent the views of other students and trying to bring about positive change. That's why every school council that enters will receive a certificate from the Speaker of the House of Commons recognising their efforts. You'll also get a '2013 Speaker's School Council Awards - We made a difference' badge to display on your school website and letterhead.
Why should my school enter?
The Speaker's School Council Awards can help you celebrate and recognise student voice in your school. We can offer your school council recognition for making a difference.
The awards also give your school council a chance to share its successes and inspire others.
Why haven't I received my login details and password?
When you’ve registered your school/college you’ll receive a confirmation email from us which will include your login details and password.
If you haven’t received your email please check your spam/junk mail folders. If you find us in your spam please take us out and add email@example.com to your address book.
If you still can’t find your email then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7219 4496.
I've forgotten my username/password. What can I do?
Follow the Forgot your password? link and enter your email address. An automatic email will be sent to you containing a temporary password. You can then log in and change your password to something memorable. If you get really stuck or have forgotten your username or email, please fill in our support form.