20 Schools in Running for German School Award 2022
- Award ceremony with Chancellor Scholz set for September 28, 2022.
Stuttgart, May 3, 2022: From today, 20 schools from all across Germany and the network of German international schools can cross their fingers for the German School Award 2022. A 50-member-strong jury comprised of educational scientists and administrators, and in-school specialists has selected the schools from over 80 applicants. The motto for this year’s competition is “Making teaching better”.
Over the coming weeks, teams of judges will assess the top 20 schools, interviewing teachers, students, and parents on site and visiting classrooms and projects. Once the school visits are complete, the selection committee will nominate up to 15 schools for the German School Award 2022 at the beginning of July.
The shortlisted schools will be invited to an award ceremony with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin on September 28, 2022, where the coveted prizes will finally be awarded. The main award is worth 100,000 euros, with the other four prizes each worth 30,000 euros.
All of the nominated schools who miss out on the main prizes will still receive a 5,000 euro recognition award.
The German School Award
Celebrating the best schools in the country, the German School Award has been awarded by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH and the Heidehof Foundation since 2006 and is the best-known, most demanding, and highest-value prize in the field. The Award is partnered with the public broadcasting network ARD and the German publishing group die ZEIT.
Around 2,500 different schools have applied for the prize since the program was launched. The winner is decided by the jury, who consider six quality criteria: “quality of instruction”, “academic achievement”, “approach to diversity”, “responsibility”, “school culture, life, and extracurricular partners”, and “school development”. This year, the focus is on the area of “quality of instruction”. These characteristics are now broadly recognized as the hallmarks of a quality school.
The approaches adopted by the award-winning schools are then evaluated and processed before being made available to all schools through training courses, publications, and the online platform “The German School Portal”. This is a cycle for consolidating and sharing good school practice.