Our judging process is designed to be comprehensive, fair, and transparent, based on the judging criteria for each Prize. It involves a rigorous three-stage process that includes an initial application review, a detailed analysis by our Review Panel, and a final assessment by our esteemed Judging Academy.
1. Application review
Narrowing down the Top 10 shortlists
After applications are reviewed against the eligibility criteria, they are assessed by a Screening Committee set up by T4 Education, based on the judging criteria for each Prize. Once a longlist has been proposed for each Prize, we conduct further due diligence and we invite those schools to an online interview to dive deeper into their expertise and gather more information to support their application. After the interviews, we narrow down the Top 10 shortlists for each Prize.
2. Review Panel evaluation
Selecting the Top 3 finalists
Our Review Panel, made up of education experts and teachers, assesses the Top 10 shortlisted schools against the judging criteria, including their applications, interviews and all the information gathered, and will define the Top 3 finalists for each Prize.
3. Judging Academy vote
Deciding the five winners
The Judging Academy comprising leading figures around the world reviews the evaluation packages and votes to determine the winner of each of the five Prizes.
Introducing the Community Choice Award
The Community Choice Award is a special exclusive recognition open to the Top 3 finalists for all five World’s Best School Prizes. It is awarded to the school that receives the most votes in the Public Vote, regardless of whether the school also wins one of the five World’s Best School Prizes or not. The winner receives a membership to T4 Education’s new Best School to Work programme.
Announcement of winners
The whole process culminates in our Winning Ceremony where the five winners are revealed. Each inspirational school is a testament to the transformative power of education.
The winner of each Prize is chosen by our Judging Academy made up of distinguished leaders across the globe. Meet the Judges.
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