Welcome to the Schools Design Prize, our unique award given  to promising young students in schools across the country each year! Together with our generous industry sponsors, we aim to inspire young people to consider a furnishing related career.

About the scheme

We are dedicated to helping young people find the road to success within the furnishing industry. The Schools Design Prize, aimed at students at both GCSE and further education levels, is part of our wider programme of activities designed to raise the awareness of the furnishing industry among young people and to inspire students to consider a career within our industry.

The prize is intended to tie in with Design & Technology curriculums. Towards the end of the academic year, we will send your school a prize to be presented to the student the teacher thinks is most deserving, for a good piece of design coursework linked to furnishing. Photographs of the winners will be presented on our website, and the school will be invited to submit their student for the opportunity to exhibit their work at the YFM Exhibition in London.

The Schools Design Prize

This year the prize is a copy of Modern British Furniture – design since 1945  by design historian Lesley Jackson.

Each book contains a certificate in the inside cover describing the award with a space for the name of the winning student to be filled in by their teacher.

Along with the book we also include a poster, designed by a school student, explaining some of the career opportunities within the furnishing industry which we hope could be displayed at your school!

Our winners

We are thrilled that schools and students alike have been inspired by the award and hope to reach out to many more schools next year.  See our gallery of winners here and watch our video with Ella, a 2016 Schools Design Prize winner.

The Schools Design Prize is generously sponsored by


Do you think your school would like this prize? Show this page to your teachers!In the meantime, find out more about the Young Furniture Makers and all the exciting things about the furnishing industry by clicking here!


If you are interested in your school receiving the prize, Design & technology teachers should email us to enquire about being added to our national list of schools:grantsandeducation


The scheme is funded through industry sponsorship. If you represent a business and would like to sponsor any number of prizes, helping to inspire young

students as well as increasing your brand awareness, see the PDF below:Schools Design Prize Sponsorship PDF