The ALCUIN award was launched in 1991 by EPA to highlight the role of parents in the education of their children. The Alcuin Award ceremony usually takes place during a General Assembly of EPA every year. It honours the best educational innovation in Europe by giving this recognition to a person, a school, a group or an activity nominated by EPA members, Ministries of Education in the EU countries or the European Commission. The nominated projects must fulfil the following five criteria:
- Contribution to education
- Involvement of parents
- Home-school relationship in education
- Easy dissemination and role model for other associations
The tangible presentation of the Award is a trophy, statue or work of art that has been specially designed for this occasion.