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World’s Best School Prizes

A powerful new platform to celebrate, recognise and share the stories of schools that are transforming the lives of their students and making a real difference to their communities.

Get inspired by the schools named in the Top 10 shortlists

Read about the schools that made it into the shortlists for the World's Best School Prizes and get inspired by their stories. 

Find out how these trailblazing schools have achieved a positive, long lasting impact in the lives of their students and of their wider communities. Learn more from them at their events during World Education Week. 


Find out more about the Top 10 shortlists

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Our Mission

The World’s Best School Prizes identify, recognise, and celebrate schools’ leading and innovative practices that have had a real impact on the lives of their students and of their community.

By doing this, we seek to democratise school-based expertise by providing schools with an opportunity to share and celebrate their achievements and contributions to wider societal progress, whilst catalysing a global grassroots learning community of schools that share their stories so that they can inspire others.

Through these Prizes, embracing a bottom-up approach, we aim to foster and spur system-level improvement, and inspire change around the world.

Strong Schools, Strong Societies.

Potential. Purpose. Progress. New rules for schools. What does being the best mean to you?

For us, schools that make the grade are the ones that make a difference.

They prepare for the future by shaping it – out in the world, not just inside an exam hall.

They show us what they can do by getting out there and doing it. They work sustainably, make whole families healthier and bring communities closer. They create a ripple of change that spreads from schools to society, making both stronger.

The best schools follow a new kind of rule book. And the world is all the better for it.

Because strong schools make strong societies.

Five Prizes as One


The World’s Best School Prizes are awarded to schools that have developed expertise in five key areas, that can prove and demonstrate outstanding systems, practises and performance that impact the lives of their students and of the whole community.

We will award the winning schools with a share in the $250,000 total prize money.  Thus, each winning school will be awarded with $50,000, to keep improving their work and strengthening their school and community.

Discover our Five Prize Categories

Community Collaboration

Community Collaboration

This Prize recognises schools that have collaborated and developed partnerships with their community to have an integrated approach in helping each of their students striving for a whole child approach based on equity and inclusivity.

Environmental Action

Environmental Action

This Prize recognises the importance of youth, students and schools in climate action, that engage with solutions for global warming and climate crisis.

Innovation

Innovation 

This Prize recognises ideas, tools, practices implemented by schools that break from tradition in their context, to impact and improve teaching and learning.

Overcoming Adversity

Overcoming Adversity

This Prize recognises schools that, while facing challenges and obstacles, support and develop children in the kinds of socio-emotional skills to ensure their personal growth and of the school as a community.

Supporting Healthy Lives

Supporting Healthy Lives

This Prize recognises schools that provide access, relevance, and opportunities for students, staff, and the community to develop healthy habits, behaviours, knowledge, and skills.

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The Power of Prizes

We believe that schools should be celebrated. The role they play in, not just, the development of learners, but also their contribution to wider societal progress should be recognised and showcased.

The pandemic has clearly shown us that despite the total absence of systems planning or leadership, schools and their communities have led from the front. So, it is they who have shown us what’s possible, it is they who have protected our children, it is they who have pivoted towards adopting and using new technologies and approaches to ensure education continuity.

So why not trust them to lead the reform of education systems by the power of their own example? The World’s Best School Prizes seek to reframe the discussion on how we can improve the performance of schools to include attributes that have worked in many different contexts – an alternative path to systemic reform that is bottom-up.

In doing so, we make a decision to take a bottom up, grassroots approach to education reform, one in which the school by the powerful exposition of their achievement inspires others to undertake the same journey to excellence.

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For all press enquiries about our World's Best School Prizes, please contact Salman Shaheen by email salman@t4.education.

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