New report: Key elements and criteria of European STEM Schools

The new European STEM Schools Report is the result of a literature review and a consultation process with four groups of key stakeholders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Those key stakeholders are schools, STEM teachers, Ministries of Education and STEM Industries.

Published as part of the STEM School Label project, funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, the report's criteria for "STEM Schools" identify key areas that can help schools advance and have a clearer strategy for STEM education. In particular, the key areas are related to instruction, curriculum, assessment, staff, school leadership, the school's social connections and the school's infrastructure.

Based on this report, the partners of the STEM School Label project wish to develop a framework and an online tool that will help schools' representatives to evaluate their schools' performance in STEM related areas. This type of self-assessment tool can be useful in order to identify areas among schools that require further development, providing also suggestions for relevant resources that can support this development.

The goal is that those new key elements and criteria, introduced as part of the STEM School Label, will encourage schools to develop their own change management strategy for STEM areas. This can promote further partnerships between schools and educational centres, support the development and sharing of resources among educational stakeholders and enhance schools' engagement with European STEM networks.

You may also take a look at the Executive Report.