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 Why & How
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.
Education is the bedrock for human development.
Under the auspices of the United Nations, we have widespread agreement to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which span 17 broad goals that if we achieve, will result in the equitable development of our world. One of these goals specifically relates to education, and, alarmingly, pre-pandemic, it was reported that progress has slowed significantly.
To compound matters further, once we add the effects of pandemic related school closures to the unprecedented challenges the world was already facing, we realise the need to act urgently and think differently in order to ensure a better quality of education for all.
We need to seriously consider how we can leapfrog existing ways of doing things in education so that we can live up to the promises we have made that strengthen society so all people can achieve their potential and live prosperous and meaningful lives.
Leapfrogging is a powerful concept that empowers us to go beyond incremental approaches to accelerate the achievement of the SDG’s.
Our contribution, specifically, is in creating The World’s Best School Prizes, which as a mechanism seeks to democratise school-based expertise by providing schools with an opportunity to share and celebrate their achievements and by doing so make a sizable contribution to attaining the SDGs.
On the basis of research, evidence, and wide consultation we believe that our chosen five categories reflect key strategies that will help us accelerate the pace of change and encourage schools to try different approaches to strengthen their institutions.