Why should my school enter?

The Speaker's School Council Awards can help you recognise student voice in your school and celebrate your achievements in making a difference in your school or community.

Why enter the School Council Awards?
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The awards also give your school council a chance to share its successes and inspire others.

Is my school or college eligible to win an award?

Yes. Every infant, primary, secondary and special school in the UK is eligible to enter. Student, learner and sixth form colleges are also eligible. A 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

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.

What if my school has more than one student council?

Multiple councils from one school can each submit an entry but the application contact on each entry must be different.

If the members of my school council belong to lots of different age groups, which category should I submit my entry too?

If a majority of students on your school council fall into one specific age range, enter your application into that category. Alternatively you can enter your application into the category which reflects the average age of the students on your school council.

Can inter-school council’s apply?

Yes. If you run a school council with a neighbouring school your council is eligible but you must pick a lead school to represent all members of the council. You should complete the application form jointly, but the lead school will register and submit the entry and be the main contact.

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. The project should have been completed or started this academic year.

Can we submit photos?

One photo can be submitted to support your application. If you would like to submit a photo and your file is too big to submit online, please email it to speakersschoolcouncilawards@parliament.uk, clearly stating your school, the application contact, and the project name.

Is there any cost to enter the Awards?

No – the competition is free of charge to enter and the awards day is also free.

What is the closing date for entries?

Completed entries are due by 30 April 2014.

When will we know if we have won?

Winners will be announced in May. Winners will be invited to the Houses of Parliament to attend an awards ceremony in the Speaker’s Apartments where they will be presented with a trophy by the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP.

When is the awards ceremony?

The awards ceremony will take place on 11 June 2014

How long does the application form 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. If you have any problems completing the application form, you can contact Parliament’s Education Service on 020 7219 5207.

Do I have to enter online?

No. You can also download an entry form, complete it and send it in by post.

Download application form

Please send it to:
Speaker’s School Council Awards
Parliament’s Education Service
Houses of Parliament
SW1A 2TT

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 speakersschoolcouncilawards@parliament.uk to your address book.

If you still can’t find your email then contact us at speakersschoolcouncilawards@parliament.uk or call us on 020 7219 5207.

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.

I’ve entered before – can I use the same login details?

Yes, if you are using the same email address. If you are registering with a different email address or from a different school, you will need to register again. If you cannot remember your details please refer to the forgotten username/password FAQ.