Pupil Design Awards

Pupil Design Awards

Inspiring social change through design thinking

The RSA Pupil Design Awards is a free, national design award programme for secondary school and sixth-form pupils aged 11-17. Participants are encouraged to use their creativity and imagination to tackle real challenges to enable people, places and the planet to flourish. 

Key dates 2022-23

  • 29 November and 6 December: teacher training sessions
  • February - March 2023: mentor visits
  • March 27: submissions open
  • April 28: submissions close
  • May: expert appraisals and commendations
  • June: awards ceremony and feedback shared

Pupil Design Award Winners

See the winners of the 2021-22 Pupil Design Awards competition.

Information and support

Find out how the RSA Pupil Design Awards work and what support we offer.

Entry requirements and judging

See the entry requirements, submission criteria and find out about the judging process.

Past winners

Find out about the winners of the 2021-22 competition.

Design briefs

Read the design briefs for 2022-23.


Latest thinking

  • Pupil Design Awards 2021-2022: Final evaluation report


    Veronica Mrvcic Aidan Daly (Researcher)

    The Pupil Design Awards 2021-2022 evaluation aims to understand its impact on pupils' creative self-efficacy, design capabilities, and awareness of real-world issues facing them and their communities.

  • Pupil Design Awards 2022-23: launching social solutions


    John McMahon

    The Pupil Design Awards 2022-23 will enable secondary school pupils to tackle today’s biggest social and ecological challenges through design thinking across the curriculum.

  • RSA Design Awards: A celebration of design


    Aoife O'Doherty

    We recently Celebrated the winners of the Student Design Awards and the Pupil Design Awards 2022, at our ‘Designing our futures’ event. Learn about our awardees and their innovative designs.