How many winners are selected?
Four schools will win a Speaker's School Council Award, one for each of the four age categories. The four winners will be selected from a short-list of twenty finalists. Every school that takes the time to tell us about a project, however, will receive a certificate endorsed by the Speaker of the House of Commons.
What are the most important criteria for winning an award?
Our judging panel have a tough task in selecting a short-list and, ultimately, the winners. However, they are particularly looking for school council projects and initiatives that:
- were student-led
- made a difference in your school or community
Your school council could have made a difference in a range of ways. You could have helped to improve:
- Relationships in school
- Relationships with the wider community
- Democracy and engagement
- Learning and teaching
We have a range of resources to help you get started. Visit school council tips
What kinds of projects have won in the past?
Lots of different sorts of projects have been past winners, from introducing pets into the classroom to installing solar panels onto a school sports hall. Have a closer look at some of the past Speaker's School Council Award winners.
Do larger, more expensive projects have an advantage?
No. A diverse range of projects - both large and small - are entered every year. What matters is that the project was student-led and made a real difference.
Browse the diverse range of projects that have been completed over the past few years.
Once we submit our entry form, how is it assessed?
Each entry receives an initial ranking based on your answers to the 'tick box' elements of your application. Then we take the top-scoring entries and spend several weeks evaluating the written sections of your application to come up with a short list of 20 finalists. The short list of finalists then goes before the Speaker’s School Council Awards judging panel.
Who does the final judging?
Once the short list is established, the judging panel is led by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP. It’s made up of student voice experts, school councillors, officials from Parliament’s Education Service as well as Members of Parliament.
Members of the judging panel in previous years have included:
- Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP
- Sir Keith Ajegbo, citizenship specialist
- Jo Swinson MP, East Dunbartonshire
- Sema, Year 8, Quintin Kynaston School
- Albion, Year 9, Quintin Kynaston School
- Tom O’Leary, Head of Public Engagement and Learning, Houses of Parliament
- Dr Emma-Jane Watchorn, Parliament’s Education Service Manager
Who runs the Speaker's School Council Awards?
The team that runs the Speaker's School Council Awards are part of Parliament's Education Service. We organise the competition on behalf of the Speaker of the House of Commons.
Why should my school enter?
The Speaker's School Council Awards offers you the chance to have all the hard work of your School Council recognised for making a difference. That's why all school councils that enter will receive a certificate for taking part and a web badge that can be displayed in their school websites to celebrate their hard work.