Terrific Scientific

Silver Award 2019

We have been awarded the Silver PSQM Award!

In May Primary Science Quality Awards have been awarded to 180 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. So far, since its national launch in 2010, almost 2800 schools across the UK have achieved the award.

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The Primary School Quality Mark scheme 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.

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.

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Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning 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 science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

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At Ash Tree we are very proud of Mrs Varley for working so hard to achieve this award. We are so fortunate our school has such an active and enthusiastic Science leader. She has increased not only her own awareness of many aspects of Science but has also attended lots of training, delivered CPD to all staff in school and even to other schools! Well done Mrs Varley we think you are terrific scientific! 

Here are some of the great things the assessor said about Ash Tree in the PSQM report:

‘We are so fortunate to have such an active and enthusiastic Science leader.’ PSQM, May 2018.

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‘The range of events, displays and visits indicate the high profile of Science.’ PSQM, May 2018.

‘The positive impact in terms of children’s ability to recognise the types of investigation and that of teacher confidence in using the new approaches is commendable.’ PSQM, May 2018.

‘The development of the outdoor area is another bonus that will help children to learn Science in a meaningful way.’ PSQM, May 2018.

‘Pupil voice confirms the children’s enjoyment of Science and how this has increased.’ PSQM, May 2018.

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