18 December 2017

Primary Science Quality Awards were awarded to over 500 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools in November to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.

The award events were held at The News Building in London, the National Railway Museum in York, the JCB Headquarters in Uttoxeter and the Manchester University Museum. Further awards events will take place in Plymouth, Aberdeen and Glasgow in the New Year.

So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 2500 schools across the UK, America, and Malaysia and in British Forces schools in Germany and Cyprus have achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark. This year the first Spanish schools joined the programme.

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

Jane Turner, PSQM Director said:

"This year’s award events were a fantastic celebration of high quality science teaching, learning and leadership. It is great to meet the subject leaders and their guests and to congratulate them personally on their achievements on behalf of their schools. I am delighted that so many of our stakeholders came to the PSQM award events this year and very grateful to our sponsors, Harper Collins, Manchester University and JCB."

Headteachers and teachers from schools taking part in the PSQM programme are very positive about the impact of working for the award:

"The PSQM journey has been one of the most intense experiences of my teaching career so far, but also one of the most rewarding! It’s a lovely feeling to look at how far our little school has come on the mission to improve our science, and quite frankly we couldn’t have done it without the structure of the PSQM and the guidance from our amazing hub leader."

The PSQM 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.