STEM Award

Thank you for your interest in the STEM category of the Scottish Education Awards. This award recognises early learning and childcare settings and schools that have developed a vibrant and progressive culture and climate of continuous innovation in relation to sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The culture and ethos of establishments nominated for this award category should promote respect, ambition and achievement in STEM while improving outcomes for all learners in ways which eliminate inequity.

We hope you’ll be encouraged to submit a nomination so we can help celebrate and share your achievements with others.

Please give careful thought to the points below before submitting your nomination. It is important that you provide as much detail as you can to give a good account of the practical activities and programmes you are supporting in relation to this award category. You should also answer each question fully as the scoring criteria for the awards are based on these questions. Bullet points and concise sentences are acceptable.

You may also find it helpful to refer to Education Scotland’s STEM self-evaluation and improvement framework to help you reflect on your establishment’s current practice and strengths.

1. Please provide detail about all the activities, programmes and creative approaches you are taking forward in your setting in relation to this award category. How are these being embedded across the four contexts for learning? (Max 600 words)

For the STEM award you may wish to include additional details details about the following:

How are you providing motivational, creative and relevant learning and teaching experiences across all STEM disciplines? How are you bringing the different STEM disciplines together, including digital skills, to ensure a coherent STEM approach? How are you using STEM to engage learners and raise ambitions, attainment and achievement? How are you developing STEM skills in a progressive way and linking these to the world of work?

2. How are you promoting equity, equality, diversity and inclusion in relation to this award category? (Max 300 words)

For the STEM award you may wish to include additional details details about the following:

How are you promoting gender equality in STEM? In what ways are you helping young people with disabilities, those from different ethnic backgrounds, those from our most deprived communities and those who have experienced care, to succeed and achieve and be included in STEM activities?

3. What impact are your approaches having on learners, staff, their families, partner organisations, other educational establishments and the wider community? What evidence do you have to support this? (Max 300 words)

For the STEM award you may wish to include additional details details about the following:

How are you engaging families to promote positive perceptions of STEM and STEM careers? How are you building capacity of staff in terms of STEM? To what extent are you working in partnership with employers, colleges and other partners to enhance STEM learning and teaching and STEM pathways? In what ways are you working with other STEM colleagues and colleagues across your learning community to ensure a coherent and progressive approach to STEM activities? What impact is this having on STEM attainment, achievement and choices of learners in relation to their future careers?

Please note: the STEM category is for early learning and childcare and school settings only. If you would like to nominate an individual for an award then please see Lifetime Achievement, Headteacher of the Year or Teacher of the Year categories.