Is my school or college eligible to win an award?

Yes. Every infant, primary and secondary school in the UK is eligible to enter. Student and learner colleges are also eligible. Each 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? And how long will it take?

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. Once you've gathered the relevant information, we estimate it will take you about an hour to complete the online entry form. We've tried to make the application process as hassle-free as possible. The form allows you to save your progress so you can return to it anytime. Just be sure you submit it before the closing date on 30 April 2012.

Enter online

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Do I have to enter online?

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

Download application form

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

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

You may wish to download the entry form to use as a reference when completing your online entry.

Download application form
Creating a project (PDF 319KB)

What is the closing date for entries?

Completed entries are due by 30 April 2012.

How long does the competition run?

The 2012 Speaker's School Council Awards runs from 27 January to 30 April 2012.

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.

Reps toolkit (PDF 1.2MB)
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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.

I’m not sure our project will win – should we bother entering?

Yes, you should. Your school council makes a difference in your school - by meeting to represent the views of other students and trying to bring about positive change. That’s why every school council that enters will receive a certificate from the Speaker of the House of Commons recognising their efforts. You’ll also get a ‘2012 Speaker’s School Council Awards - We made a difference’ badge to display on your school website and letterhead.

Why enter the School Council Awards?

Why should my school enter?

The Speaker's School Council Awards can help you celebrate and recognise student voice in your school. We can offer your school council recognition for making a difference.

Why enter the School Council Awards?
Message from the Speaker

The awards also give your school council a chance to share its successes and inspire others. You can publicise your school council's work by creating and uploading your own School Council Showcase page, and sharing the link with whoever you want.

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 to your address book.

If you still can’t find your email then contact us at or call us on 020 7219 4496.

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, don't hesitate to contact us.