What is PSQM?

Primary Science Quality Mark is not like other quality marks: it is a year-long CPD programme that helps schools to achieve a quality mark, whether science within the school has been a low profile for a while or the school wants to improve the provision further. It focuses on developing effective, confident science leadership for whole school impact on science teaching and learning.


The process helped us to really focus on a clear vision for the school, a better understanding of embedding Science and how to implement quality teaching.

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PSQM :

  • Enables science subject leaders to develop and articulate a clear intent and aspirational vision for science. The process of achieving a PSQM raises the profile and quality of science across the whole school.
  • Supports subject leaders to effectively implement a curriculum for science that is informed by research evidence and best practice data. Working with an expert hub leader subject leaders evaluate current provision for science and put in place a development cycle that leads to sustained progress in science across the school.
  • Ensures strong and positive impact: Children make good progress, building and consolidating their knowledge and skills, developing positive attitudes about science and its value to their lives and globally. Teachers and children enjoy their science lessons.

PSQM has helped me to learn more about myself as a subject leader. It has provided me with a structure and a path to explore teaching, learning and leadership in a different way while providing me with support and encouragement along the way. Although gathering evidence and meeting deadlines was challenging while teaching full time at the same time, I would say it was definitely worthwhile and I definitely feel more confident as well as incredibly proud of my role as a science subject leader.

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What are the Primary Science Quality Marks?

There are three different Primary Science Quality Marks to ensure that all schools can achieve the accreditation. Primary Science Quality Marks are intended to be school appropriate, and provide a framework for improvement and development in leadership and provision, whatever the starting point.

The PSQM self-evaluation and development framework consists of 4 aims (5 for PSQM Outreach), identifying goals for:

  • science subject leadership
  • science teaching
  • science learning
  • wider opportunities

To achieve a Primary Science Quality Mark, schools submit evidence of the impact of a range of activities required to meet one of three sets of PSQM criteria that define the aims:

The criteria are differentiated for each Primary Science Quality Mark to ensure that there is appropriate challenge and development for all schools, whatever their starting point. Over 60% of schools begin with PSQM, but for some schools, where effective leadership is already embedded, the other quality marks provide the right development goals.

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What is the PSQM Process?

Schools achieve a Primary Science Quality Mark  following a rigorous process of self –evaluation.

Supported by compulsory CPD and expert mentoring the subject leader works with colleagues across the school to:

  • audit existing provision in science and agree appropriate quality mark to work towards
  • create and implement an action plan to develop all aspects of science teaching and learning
  • complete a reflective submission with key pieces of evidence to demonstrate the impact of science leadership in the school
  • the final submission is made online, via a bespoke PSQM Virtual Learning Environment

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