RSA Pupil Design Awards Competition
How the RSA Pupil Design Awards work and what support we offer to help you run the competition.
Sign up for lesson plans, training, and mentors
Sign up your school and we’ll:
- Send you a teacher resource pack and pupil resource pack, developed with Fixperts. The teacher’s pack includes tools, activities and suggested lesson plans, as well as this year’s design briefs.
- Invite you to an online mentoring session. Our mentors are all successful designers and previous winners of the RSA Student Design Awards. Find out more about mentor visits.
Once you’ve registered, you can decide how you want to deliver the RSA Pupil Design Awards.
Some schools choose to make the Pupil Design Awards part of classroom teaching: previous entrants have incorporated the competition into Design & Technology, English, Science, and PSHE.
Other schools have run the competition as part of an extracurricular design club. Whichever approach you choose, the competition is there to help to raise the profile of design and technology in your school and to develop important skills such as collaboration, confidence, and creative and critical thinking.
Then, support pupils to choose one of the three briefs. Each brief contains a real-world problem for pupils to solve, and some ideas to get them thinking about the challenge. See this year’s briefs.
Due to school closures, we are loosening the submission criteria for entries. Judges will be made aware of these changes.
Pupils will no longer be required to submit 6 A3 boards in order to be considered for shortlisting - although if you have already started work on boards please do submit those.
We will accept other evidence of work such as photographs, jpegs, scanned pdfs of drawings/designs.
Submissions will be made via the Pupil Design Awards website and should still, where possible, demonstrate:
- Evidence of the research pupils have done to understand the problem, including both human-centered research and desk-based research
- A description or demonstration of the process undertaken to focus on an opportunity and refine the ideas
- The final proposal, demonstrating a creative approach to solving the problem.
Teams are entered into one of three year group categories - Years 7 & 8, Years 9 & 10, Year 11 & 12.
Due to school closures, we will not be inviting judges to RSA House for shortlisting or holding a final event.
Shortlisting and final judging will now take place online, and teachers and pupils will be made aware of the results of the judging thereafter.
More details about how to submit design proposals and presentations for judging will follow soon.
- All pupils must be enrolled in Years 7-12 for the academic year 2019-2020 at your school.
- Pupils can submit their proposals in a team or as individuals.
- There is no entry fee for the RSA Pupil Design Awards.
- Monday 11th May: submissions open
- Friday 12th June: submissions close
- Wednesday 17th June: shortlisting
- Friday 19th June: shortlist announced
- Wednesday 1st July: final judging