Peninsula school awarded top marks with Primary Science Quality Mark

By Derek Davis

24th Sep 2021 | Local News

Shotley Community Primary school has been awarded the prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark

The Primary School Quality Mark (PSQM) programme ensures effective leadership of science, enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts.

It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning.

Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science leadership, teaching and learning and Shotley achieved its PSQM through a year-long process of initial audit, followed by action and evidenced-based reflection.

Richard Dedicoat, head teacher at Shotley primary school, hailed his science team for their work and dedication in securing the PSGM award.

He said: "This comes down to the hard work of our science leader Gary Purnell with the support of the Shotley team.

"The subject leader has worked hard to raise the profile of science at the school and we are now set for science to continue to improve and develop at Shotley Primary."

This year, 283 PSQMs have been awarded to infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate their commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. So far, since its national launch in 2010, more than 4,000 schools across the UK have achieved a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark.

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.

Associate Professor Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: "There was never a more important time for primary children to have a high-quality science education. The Coronavirus Pandemic has made everyone aware of the impact of science on our daily lives.

"Primary schools have an important role to ensure that children understand how science works and keeps us healthy and safe. Schools that have achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark have demonstrated a significant commitment to science teaching and learning, even at this challenging time for schools.

"The profile and quality of science in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills.

"Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud."

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