Developing and embedding

Awarded to schools where making is regarded by all as intrinsically valuable and is understood to be an important pedagogical tool.  The three elements of exploration, skill builder and tinker time are used within all phases and across curriculum subjects.  Making is connected to real world problems in authentic ways that are meaningful to children.  The setting identifies and incorporates expertise distributed throughout its community. 

Who is this for?

The Maker{School} Silver Award supports schools to embed maker practice across the school.  At this level there is a whole school approach to Maker{School} with commitment required at all levels.  It is expected that most schools will gain this award within 2-3 years.

Each award builds upon the previous to help schools structure their development and achieve recognition for their progress.  Schools will usually have completed their bronze award before working towards the silver.


Silver will be awarded to schools where;

Ready to become a Sliver Maker{School}?

The process is simple and easy to complete.




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Suggestions for making a start on your silver award...


You will need to complete a simple portfolio for each award.  Here's how....

Take a look at our quick guide (PDF 1.2 MB)

Silver Quick guide.pdf

After submission

Once you have have completed and submitted your portfolio, it will be assessed by our experienced team.  Your school will be given feedback and the chance to make any changes needed before gaining your award.

You can share your portfolio with your school community and, of course, use it for your own professional development.

Whole school INSET day
September 2024

How can the Maker{School} approach harness your existing curriculum to inspire creators, innovators and problem solvers?

Join us for your free INSET day at the University of Sheffield.