STEM Nation Award

The STEM Nation Award was developed by Education Scotland to celebrate, promote and build on effective practice in STEM education within and across sectors. All early learning and childcare settings, primary schools and secondary schools are eligible to apply for the STEM Nation Award. Settings may apply for an individual element or any combination of elements. Settings which achieve all five elements within a three year period will be eligible for the full STEM Nation Award.


The elements

The STEM Nation Award consists of five elements:

  • Leadership in STEM – This element celebrates effective leadership at all levels including children and young people leading STEM learning.
  • STEM family learning – This element recognises commitment to family learning and practice which is helping to build the STEM capital of learners and their families.
  • Employability and STEM partnership working – This element celebrates sustained collaboration between settings and their STEM partner(s) to develop learners’ STEM and employability skills.
  • STEM curriculum and learner pathways This element recognises the work of settings in developing an inspiring STEM curriculum and associated learner pathways.
  • Equity and equality in STEM This element celebrates the work settings are undertaking to address the issues of equity and equality in STEM.


The application process

There are three simple steps involved in the STEM Nation Award application process:

  1. Self-evaluate and register for the programme
  2. Gather and submit evidence
  3. Submit action plan and apply for validation


Please refer to the resources below for further application and validation guidance.


CLD Resources






STEM Nation Award – Evidence examples

Centres successfully submitting evidence for the overall STEM Nation Award, have kindly allowed us to share their submissions as food for thought when considering your own application.

Early Years




Registration and evidence upload

This page will be updated when STEM Nation Award registrations open for the 2021/2022 academic session. In the meantime, please use the documents above to engage with the self-evaluation process and begin to or continue gathering evidence for your award application.

Online registration – coming soon!

Evidence upload – coming soon!

Action plan upload – coming soon!

Apply for validation – coming soon!


STEM Nation Award pilot

Education Scotland wish to extend our thanks to all of the early learning and childcare settings and schools who helped to shape the STEM Nation Award programme as part of the 2019/2020 pilot. Nineteen of the settings in this initial cohort were successful in achieving the full STEM Nation Award and many more are continuing on their STEM journey this session.

This interactive map shows the settings involved in the STEM Nation Award pilot.

Congratulations to the following settings on gaining the full STEM Nation Award as part of the 19/20 pilot:

  • Monifieth High School, Angus
  • Bowmore Primary School, Argyll & Bute
  • Port Ellen Primary School, Argyll & Bute
  • Glenwood Family Centre, East Renfrewshire
  • Our Lady of the Missions Primary School, East Renfrewshire
  • St Joseph’s Primary School, East Renfrewshire
  • St Cadoc’s Primary School, East Renfrewshire
  • Denny High School, Falkirk
  • Graeme High School, Falkirk
  • Larbert High School, Falkirk
  • Pitteuchar East Primary School, Fife
  • Sunflower Family Nurture Centre, Fife
  • Gowanbank Primary School, Glasgow City
  • Hyndland Secondary School, Glasgow City
  • St Roch’s Primary and Deaf School, Glasgow City
  • Brediland Primary School, Renfrewshire
  • McLaren High School, Stirling
  • Wellgreen Nursery, Stirling
  • Inveralmond Community High School, West Lothian


For further information or if you have any questions about the STEM Nation Award Programme please email