The German School Academy

“For more good schools!”: This is the slogan of a collaborative initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Heidehof Stiftung. The two foundations aim to make lasting quality improvements in schools and classrooms in Germany, supporting schools throughout the country in their development and offering practice-oriented programs for all types of schools. Their focus is on the superb educational work that many outstanding schools in Germany are already doing. These model schools have been awarded the German School Award – co-funded by the two foundations since 2006 – to make best practice examples more visible.

The German School Academy, an initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, processes the concepts of the award-winning schools and uses them as the basis for professional training and school development programs to inspire other schools in their own development efforts. The services the Academy offers are directed toward all schools in Germany. The Academy promotes and provides access to excellent school practices. In addition, it provides advice on topics related to school and teaching development, organizes innovative advanced training measures, and designs extensive school development programs.

The commitment of the two foundations to promote good schools is based on the desire to provide all children and teenagers with the same opportunities to receive high-quality education, regardless of their background and social status. When it comes to the characteristics that define a good school, the three institutions are guided by the comprehensive understanding of education and learning outlined in the six quality areas of the German School Award.