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Competition Rules


Entry Criteria

The 2025 John Hooper Statistical Poster Competition is open to all post-primary students from any part of the island of Ireland. Entries can be from individuals or teams of 2 to 3 students, aged 19 and younger, from any part of the island of Ireland.

  • Teachers must register the teams.
  • This competition is open to post-primary schools located on the island of Ireland.
  • All the work produced should be the students' own. No outside design or consultancy services should be used for any aspect of the project.
  • Teachers must register their student entries. Entries can be from individuals or teams of two or three. 

Two age categories:
– students born in 2009 and younger
– students born in 2006 and younger


A valid entry is a poster sent in by a teacher for a team that has been registered and where the poster is received in the correct format before the final deadline. The poster must adhere to the poster guidelines to be considered an eligible entry:

  1. The poster should be received by the CSO before 5pm, 06 March, 2025.
  2. The poster should be readable from a distance of two metres (seven feet) when printed on an A1 sized sheet.
  3. Posters can be about any topic students choose.
  4. Acceptable file formats are PNG, JPEG, GIF and PDF only and the name of the uploaded file must correspond to the poster title.
  5. An online one-page poster presentation (oriented either vertically or horizontally) i.e. multiple page presentations are NOT acceptable. No paper poster entries are accepted, or photographs of paper entries. This is a digital, online poster competition.


*The name of the uploaded file must correspond to the poster title.

*The maximum poster file size is 1MB.

*The poster should have no identifying information on it i.e. student names or school names.

  • There is no limit to the number of poster entries per school, however an individual student can only be involved in one poster entry each year, as an individual or as part of a team of two or three students.
  • All submitted posters are stored on secure servers located with the EU and only used to create teaching resources and promote the competition. Submitted posters should not contain any identifying information in order to be considered a valid poster entry.
  • The Central Statistics Office will not be liable for any failure of receipt of entries. The Central Statistics Office takes no responsibility for any entries that are lost, delayed, illegible, corrupted, damaged, incomplete or otherwise invalid.
  • The judges will select the first three prize-winning posters, regardless of age category, according to the judging criteria and scoring guidelines laid down by the competition organisers, from all the eligible entries received before the final deadline for receipt of posters. The students and school associated with those winning poster entries will win a prize.
  • The rules of the competition may not be changed or modified and will be strictly applied.
  • In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, competition notice, conduct, results and all other matters relating to this competition, the decision of the Central Statistics Office team shall be final, and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.
  • Employees of the Central Statistics Office, Project Maths and the National Centre for Technology in Education are not eligible to enter.
  • Photographs and/or videos of the winning students, schools and teachers together with their names may be used with consent, in publicity campaigns. This publicity may be published on digital and traditional media channels and outputs.