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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 in harmony.

This year represents a historic landmark for our celebrated design awards as we launch the 100th year of the Student Design Awards and 10th year of Pupil Design Awards.

For the past decade, these awards have nurtured participants’ design thinking skills to produce innovative, design-led solutions that address real-world social, environmental and commercial challenges. 

Key dates


  • 7 Sep: PDA briefs launched (register for a briefing session with the RSA team)
  • 27 Nov - 17 Jan 2024: Free teacher development workshops


  • 1 Mar: Submissions open
  • 1 Mar - 10 Apr: Mentor visits
  • 29 Apr: Submissions close
  • 1 May - 31 May: Review period
  • Jul: Schools commended and awards ceremony

Design briefs

Download the design briefs for 2023-24.

Teacher development workshops

Access free support and guidance for working on the design briefs.

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 2022-23 competition.

Pupil Design Award Winners

See the winners of the 2022-23 Pupil Design Awards competition.

Content partners

Latest thinking

  • Pupil Design Awards 2022-23: final evaluation report


    Aidan Daly

    This evaluation illustrates how the Pupil Design Awards contributes to the pupils' creative self-efficacy, awareness of real-world issues and pupil and teachers' design capability, as well as the critical factors supporting teachers to complete projects and how we can make the awards more inclusive.

  • The Student Design Awards' most ambitious year yet


    Anna Markland

    Learn about our legacy of active inclusion and our commitment to making 2023-24 the boldest and most far-reaching Pupil and Student Design Awards cycles yet.

  • 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.