Mission, vision and values

At its 124th meeting on the 13th December 2019, the SSERC Board of Directors and Trustees (the Board) approved an amended mission statement for the organisation. The previously agreed Vision statement remains unchanged. The Board confirmed the previously agreed the values that will underpin all work activities to achieve Vision 2030.


To inspire, enthuse and support STEM educators for the benefit of all learners.

Some definitions to support our mission statement:

By STEM we mean all the curriculum areas as defined by the Scottish Government’s definition of STEM (which includes numeracy and digital skills), including the skills and capabilities developed through STEM training and education.

STEM Educators

By educators we refer to the following:

  • Early learning and childcare practitioners including childminders
  • Primary school teachers including support staff
  • Secondary school teachers including support staff
  • School Technicians.
  • Further Education lecturers and technicians.
  • Those involved in wider STEM education e.g. through the Young STEM leader and STEM Ambassadors programmes.
  • Any other person who works will learners in wider, non-formal settings such as community learning and youth work.

Our offering is strengthened through our expertise in health and safety advice and practical hands experiential professional learning.


SSERC is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for STEM learning and support

Core Values

Respect: We treat others as we expect to be treated…

We acknowledge and respect differences in each other, and provide a safe, supportive environment in which all individuals and staff are valued and encouraged to engage in open two-way communication. We understand our stakeholders’ needs and expectations and go out of our way to meet these.

Innovation: We provide unique solutions and ideas…

We embrace change, for ourselves and for our stakeholders and partners. We are continuously moving forward, innovating, and improving with a strong focus on sustainable processes and practices. We continually offer new inexpensive ideas that can be translated into the learning environment with ease.

Integrity: We do the right thing …

We demonstrate honesty, fairness, openness and clear boundaries in all our interactions, behaviours and practices within the organisation and with those with whom engage with externally. People trust us to adhere to our word. We will adopt to practices that support business sustainability1

Passion: What we do we do with enthusiasm…

We use our drive and commitment to energise, engage and inspire others. We show pride, enthusiasm and dedication in everything that we do. We are committed to delivering high quality products and services.

Excellence: What we do we do well…

We take pride in our work and strive to achieve the highest standards of quality and excellence by continuously learning, developing, and improving. We will demonstrate a commitment to teamwork and sharing knowledge, resources and skills.

[1] By business sustainability we mean the management and coordination of environmental, social and financial demands and concerns to ensure responsible, ethical and ongoing success.