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World’s Best School Prizes

The world’s most prestigious education prizes celebrate the stories of schools that are transforming the lives of their students and making a real difference to their communities.

World’s Best School Prizes 2023 applications are now open.

The $250,000 World’s Best School Prizes are the world’s most prestigious education prizes. Apply now to share your expertise with the world.

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Applications close on March 15th at 11:59 pm GMT. 

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Our Mission

The World’s Best School Prizes celebrate the stories and share the expertise of schools that are transforming the lives of the next generation and making a real difference to their communities. They give vital recognition to the enormous contribution schools make to society’s progress, especially in the wake of COVID. 

Even before the pandemic, the UN warned the world was on course to miss its Sustainable Development Goal 4 of quality education for all by 2030. With over 1.5 billion learners impacted by school and university closures, that mountain has grown even steeper. The World’s Best School Prizes were founded as a grassroots solution to help build the systemic change needed. The Prizes give inspirational schools a global platform so that decision makers can learn from those on the frontlines of the education crisis. And they allow schools to share their best practices and help others replicate their innovative ideas.

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.

The Five Prizes

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

We will award the five winning schools with a share of the $250,000 total prize money.  Each winner will receive $50,000 to help them expand their work strengthening their school and community.

Discover our Five Prizes

Community Collaboration

Community Collaboration

This Prize recognises schools that have collaborated and developed partnerships with their community to meet both children’s needs and those of the wider society around them.

Environmental Action

Environmental Action

This Prize recognises the importance of schools and their students and teachers in environmental advocacy and changemaking.



This Prize recognises both technologies and pedagogies that break from tradition in their context to impact and improve teaching and learning.

Overcoming Adversity

Overcoming Adversity

This Prize recognises schools that have beaten the odds to support and develop children’s learning and wellbeing in the face of huge challenges.

Supporting Healthy Lives

Supporting Healthy Lives

This Prize recognises schools that  go above and beyond to support students physical and mental health and work 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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