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Inspiring design and creativity in schools

The RSA Pupil Design Awards is a free, national design competition for secondary school and sixth-form pupils aged 11-17.

Pupils are encouraged to use their creativity and imagination to tackle real challenges facing people and the planet.

Schools are provided with lesson plans, training, and mentors to support participation. Teams or individuals submit design proposals and material explaining how they approached their problem.

Finalists pitch their ideas to industry expert judges for prizes in three year group categories (Years 7 & 8, Years 9 & 10 and Year 12).

Find out more about the offer for schoolsregister your school for the competition, or explore the competition briefs (including links for inspiration)

Advocating for design

Through the competition, we advocate for the role of design and innovation in education to bring about positive social change.

The RSA Pupil Design Awards aim to:

  • broaden definitions of how design can be applied
  • introduce social design and design thinking to teachers and pupils
  • build creative confidence in young people



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