The RSA Pupil Design Awards 2022/23 has launched

The RSA Pupil Design Awards is a free, national design competition for secondary school and sixth-form pupils aged 11-18, where participants are encouraged to use their creativity and imagination to tackle real challenges facing people and the planet.

Through the Pupil Design Awards, The RSA aims to empower pupils to reimagine the world through design thinking. Design thinking is a learning process which aims to develop pupils’ creative confidence, research skills and problem-solving by tackling social design challenges hands on.

Schools are provided with lesson plans, training, and mentors to support participation. This year, there are three challenging new briefs for pupils to tackle:

1. All Being Well: How might we make improved health and wellbeing more accessible to everybody?
2. People Power: How might we support communities to transition to renewable energy?
3. Age Old Question: How might we create stronger communities by bringing older and younger generations together to tackle social and environmental issues?

The Awards are open to all schools in England for pupils in Years 7-12, categorised into three age categories: Years 7 & 8, Years 9 & 10, and Year 12. Pupils are encouraged to work in teams to create their response to the briefs.

What will you get from participating in the awards?

• The opportunity to participate in workshops on teaching social design thinking in real world contexts, delivered by design education experts
• Resources, including lesson plans, to support you as you guide your pupils to respond to the briefs
• The chance to raise the profile and broaden the definition of social design in your school through participation in a national challenge
• Enrich your school by delivering the award as part of a regular class – previous entrants have aligned with English, Science, PSHE as well as Design and Technology classes – or as part of an extracurricular club.

What will it cost your school?

• Participation is free. Resources, training for teachers and mentoring for pupils are all provided by the RSA at no charge to schools, thanks to the generous support of the Comino Foundation.
• Please note that teams may need to travel to attend the Awards ceremony.

Where to start with always possible as your strategic partner?

1. Book a quick call using our online calendar. 2. Agree the pain-points and opportunities for us to focus on. 3. sign off on our bespoke workshop plan. 4 Half-day strategy workshop for up to 10 people. 5 Full summary, recommendations and next steps plan.