Judging process

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.

Judging Academy

The winner of each Prize is chosen by our Judging Academy made up of distinguished leaders across the globe. Meet the Judges.

Aashti Zaidi

Founder & CEO, Global Schools Forum, UK

Abang Brian

Celebrity Chef, Malaysia

Abhinav Kumar

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Global Markets, Tata Consultancy Services, Belgium

Alanood Alkaabi

Education Programs Manager, Education Affairs Office, Presidential Court, UAE

Alberto Lidji

Founder, The Do One Better Podcast and Knowledge Hub, UK

Alison Bellwood

Founder & Director, World’s Largest Lesson, UK

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