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

The aim of the competition is to develop students’ understanding of global citizenship and how to turn their ideas into reality.

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

Click here if your school is a member of COBIS, who have a separate registration link and timeline.

Following registration we will send your school the competition guidelines and brief.  

Each team will then decide what project they want to do (focused on addressing/achieving one or more of the SDGs), and will have the opportunity to submit their plans for feedback from Future Foundations prior to implementation.

We want to support your students to deliver high quality projects.

1) Idea Generation

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.

2) Project Implementation

September 2018 to June 2019

Teams implement their project plans and turn their ideas into reality.  Teams can start their projects anytime from September onwards.

Before you start, we encourage your team to submit your project plan for feedback from our team, click here to submit.

We will provide resources and guidance and will be on hand to provide further feedback as you develop and implement your projects.

Please ensure your school is registered and you have a teacher who is overseeing your team.  We will be sharing a regular bulletin with all registered teachers and will send project feedback to your teacher to share with you.

3) Competition Submission

Deadline: 1st June 2019

Team reflection and submission of evidence of impact

We will provide you with further details to all registered schools and students on how to submit your project report

We will announce the winner on the 21st June 2019

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 in the 2018-19 academic year, however if you have students who are younger/older wishing to take part we will not exclude your participation.  Please email social.leaders@future-foundations.co.uk if you have any questions about eligibility.

Please note our winning team will be offered places on our GSL Catalyst programme, we therefore encourage all teams to have under-18s on the team who would therefore be eligible to take part in future programmes.

  • The winning team will be invited to attend a GSL Catalyst Programme
    • Prize excludes travel expenses and is limited to up to 7 students
    • Participants in this programme are entitled to a discounted place on our other GSL programmes
  • All participants will receive a named certificate at the end of the programme
  • All submissions received on time will receive feedback on their projects

We are inviting schools to identify a teacher who will coordinate the competition internally.  

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.

Click here if your school is a member of COBIS, who have a separate registration link and timeline.


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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 LaunchPad programmes are one day taster events, designed to develop your confidence, leadership and global understanding: the perfect stepping stone for the future


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