Welcome to Education Scotland’s STEM Nation online resource

In 2017 the Scottish Government published the STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland – setting out its bold and ambitious agenda to make Scotland a world-leading STEM nation. The recommendations in the strategy are set out under four major themes: inspiration, excellence, connection and equity.

STEM – Keep curious, Stay creative!

Click on each connector of the STEM nation logo to learn more about the 4 key aims of the STEM strategy

STEM – Keep curious, Stay creative!
Excellence Connection Inspiration Equity


To build the capacity of the education and training system to deliver excellent  STEM learning so that employers have access to the workforce they need.


To connect the STEM education and training offer with labour market need – both now and in the future – to support improved productivity and inclusive economic growth.


To inspire children, young people and adults to study STEM and to continue their studies to obtain more specialist skills.


To close equity gaps in participation and attainment in STEM so that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential and contribute to Scotland’s economic prosperity.


This resource has been created by Education Scotland to support the implementation of this national strategy and to help develop a coherent national approach to STEM professional learning. Our hope is that it empowers practitioners to improve their approaches to STEM (sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics) education in their settings by:

  • Helping them navigate quickly and easily to high-quality resources, research and STEM professional learning

  • Giving them access to an online directory of high-quality STEM support organisations

  • Supporting effective whole setting and school approaches to STEM through our exciting new STEM Nation Award programme

  • Sharing great STEM news, ideas and practice from across Scotland.

We will liaise with practitioners to further develop this online resource. If you have any suggestions for improvements or new content then please get in touch by emailing STEM@educationscotland.gov.scot

Who is this for?

This resource will be of use to all those with an interest in STEM education. However, as with the STEM Education and Training Strategy, the main targets sectors for the resource include practitioners from the following sectors:

  • Early learning and childcare

  • Primary

  • Additional support needs

  • Secondary

  • Community learning and development

  • School-based technical support staff