Global discussion awards
10 x students | 10 x classes
Students are awarded stars for high-quality contributions to the Festival Student Hub that demonstrate the Topical Talk skills and knowledge.
At the end of each Festival, the students and classes with the most stars receive Global Discussion Awards to recognise the impact they’ve had on the conversations.
5 x students
Students submit their Standpoints at the end of a Festival – this is their final say on a topic and gives them a chance to share their opinion in writing, film or audio. A shortlist of the best Standpoints is judged by senior editorial staff at The Economist and five winners are chosen.
The Alastair Burnet Award
1 x class
One class is awarded the prestigious Alastair Burnet Award, named after a former editor of The Economist newspaper. This award goes to the class which has shown an outstanding commitment to the Festival and made exceptional contributions throughout.
The winning class receives £1,000 to build on students' achievements in the Festival. For example, a school may choose to buy recording equipment to set up a journalism club or give students a budget to take action on one of the issues they were passionate about.