We are excited to invite schools to participate in the Global Social Leaders (GSL) Student Competition focused on the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

The aim of the competition is to develop students’ understanding of global citizenship and how to turn their ideas into reality. We support young people to develop and implement a project that helps to achieve the United Nations’ Global Goals and join a global movement of socially conscious leaders.

The competition is free to enter, but requires schools to appoint a member of staff who will coordinate the competition within your school and act as our main point of contact.  We require schools to register before starting projects and for teams to submit projects for feedback before implementing them. We want to ensure all projects are high quality and are fully supported by their school.


We are inviting schools to identify a teacher who will coordinate the competition internally.  We then ask students to register their teams. 

Once you have a school coordinator, we ask that each school registers.  Registered schools will receive an information pack with further detail on the competition. Lead teachers should therefore register to confirm your participation in the competition. During registration you can also ask any questions you have about the competition.

Following this, we ask that each team at the school registers their project. This is so that the students take ownership of this own progress. If you are a student who wishes to register a team, please make sure that your school has been registered. If it has not in the list, please provide a valid email address for a teacher at school.


PHASE 1: September 2018 to December 2018 – HAS NOW CLOSED

Your team can submit your project plan for feedback.  We will provide feedback on project ideas – we encourage all teams to submit their projects for feedback prior to starting your project. Please do take the time to complete the project plan. Teams who did this last year were more successful as they received more detailed feedback.

We have a team of dedicated mentors who will provide comprehensive feedback to help your team create a great project. We highly recommend you submit a project plan to get the most out of their expertise.


Teams implement their project plans and turn their ideas into reality. We have a dedicated team of mentors available to support you with advice and guidance. Use the form below to receive further feedback on your project, please note that only submissions received before 1st March 2019 will be provided with feedback.

Shout about what you are doing and submit a blog post to the GSL team to be published on our website and shared through our global network. Our network love hearing about all the great work you are doing.

Final submission must be received by 1st May – HAS NOW CLOSED – Thank you to all the teams who completed their submissions on time.

Submit your team’s 2 page report and digital submission.

Read the judging criteria, provided in the information pack. Check out last years’ winners and finalists to get ideas of how to best present your projects.

We will announce the winner at the Festival of Education the 20th June 2019

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How to complete your Final Submission.


Participants in the competition will work in a team of between 3 and 7 students (self-selecting).

The competition is aimed at students aged 11 to 17 years, however if you have students who are younger/older wishing to take part we will not exclude your participation. Teams of children under 13 must have a parent/guardian or teacher provide their email address. The registration for this academic year 2018/19 is now closed. Stay tuned for the launch of the next Global Goals Competition for the academic year 2019/20. Please email social.leaders@future-foundations.co.uk if you have any questions about eligibility.


  • The winning team will receive a GSL Catalyst Programme delivered at their school for up to 20 participants.
  • All participants in this programme are entitled to a discounted place on our GSL World Summit
  • All participants will receive a named certificate at the end of the programme
  • All submissions received on time will receive feedback on their projects


This is a prestigious annual 12-day residential programme at Wellington College in the UK.  Find out more about how you can reserve your place on the programme you’ll never forget.



Catalysts are our three- or five-day semi-residential programmes held in schools and colleges around the world.  Open to the public or specifically for your community: it’s entirely up to you.


GSL Inspire gives young people a voice and a platform to present about issues and projects they care about.

During our programmes, our participants are invited to prepare a short presentation to share with fellow delegates.

We invite our partner schools to hold GSL Inspire events within their schools.