How We Work

Our Offer For Teachers

We know that teachers are so often the reason behind young people submitting to the Orwell Youth Prize and we’re so grateful for the work you do. We want to support you to help your young people through the process of writing and submitting an entry for the Prize, in the simplest way possible, to integrate into busy school days!

This year, for the first time we’re launching a new five step pathway through the Prize, with lesson plans and resources to help you help your students at each stage.

We want to encourage you to use the pathway in whatever ways, and in whichever order, is most useful to you, as you guide your young people through initial inspiration, on to research, finding a form, planning and drafting, responding to feedback and finally submitting their finished piece!

Click on this lesson plans link to access these resources. You can also access our lesson plans and resources from 2021 here.

We also have GCSE Practice Papers for AQA English Language Paper 1 and 2, using the writings of George Orwell as the extracts.

In addition to these online resources, we offer workshops in schools across England and Wales. Inspired by Orwell, our workshops are lively cross-disciplinary sessions where students discuss current affairs, politics, history and ethics. All students receive a collection of Orwell essays and our starter writing pack.

In recent years the Youth Prize has also held ambitious multi-school ‘Youth Forums’ in Hull, Newcastle and Windsor, as well as an annual Celebration Day at Pembroke College Oxford.

Find more information about our school workshops and events here.

Are you a teacher or workshop leader using Orwell Youth Prize resources this year? We would love to hear from you! You can contact Tabby Hayward, the Youth Prize coordinator directly at