Primary Science Quality Marks are valid for three years. At the end of three years schools need to reaccredit. PSQM HQ contacts schools, if possible, before the end of the third year to let the head teacher know that the PSQM will shortly expire so that plans can be made to join the PSQM programme the following year.

Schools may reaccredit for the same or a different Primary Science Quality Mark as appropriate.

There is no need to wait three years. If appropriate, a school can take part in the PSQM programme again in the first three years following the first award to achieve a different Primary Science Quality Mark e.g. PSQM  and then PSQM GILT, or GILT and then OUTREACH.

Access to previous submission

Subject leaders can be given access to their school’s original submission which they should request from PSQM HQ.


Reaccreditation schools follow the same process of self-assessment, action planning and implementation, evidenced based reflection, submission; but of course have the original submission and review to build on. Ideally logs will have been kept up, and the process of evidenced evaluation continued. The hub leader will advise on how to build on and use interim evidence.