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School Essay Competition

2024 competition  

The 2024 School Essay Competition, organised in partnership with the Financial Times, invites students to answer the following question: 

Drawing on information from your daily life, what sustainability action points would you prioritise?

Include no more than ten key ideas and justify your choices. Use accompanying information from the FT and other sources. 

This resource will be useful as a starting point. Carbon counting: how much do your lifestyle choices cost the planet? (

The judges are looking for: 

  • A clear essay or  ArcGIS StoryMap which is well-evidenced and reaches a clear conclusion 
  • Submissions that do not exceed 1,000 words (excluding references)  - submissions over 1,000 words will not be considered. The word count should be provided in the document.
  • Referenced sources of information and data 
  • Submissions which are the entrant’s own work and relevant to the question and guidance 

The Society runs this competition in partnership with the Financial Times  as part of its education programme to support geography teachers and their pupils.

The competition is open to schools in the UK and overseas. Submissions are judged without seeing the entrants’ details.

See the full terms and conditions for further details.

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