Primary Science Quality Markinformation for schools Please print presentation including note page
The Primary Science Quality Mark TM is an award scheme to develop and celebrate the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools. Schools can achieve bronze, silver and gold awards.
Aims The Primary Science Quality Mark TM has the following aims: To raise the profile of science in primary schools To encourage primary schools to increase the range and quality of teaching and learning in science To recognise, promote and spread good practice in science teaching and learning To provide a framework for evaluating, planning and developing the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools. To celebrate a commitment to excellence in science in primary schools
Story so far • Draft criteria established • Wellcome Bid and pilot (12 schools) • Expressions of interest/ support • Evaluation • Reworking of criteria • Drafting of scheme/ process • Extension bid/ grant • Second pilots • Successful grant from Wellcome
The process • Schools achieve a Primary Science Quality Mark award through a process of initial audit, followed by action and reflection. • Supported by compulsory training and mentoring they: • complete an initial audit against Primary Science Quality Mark criteria; • decide which award to aim for; • design an action plan which they put into place over a period of 2 - 3 terms; • submit key pieces of evidence to support their submission for the selected award and to illustrate the impact that their actions have had whilst working towards the achievement of the PSQM award criteria.
PSQMSILVER PSQM GOLD PSQM Bronze What does the Primary Science Quality Mark look like?
PSQM Core documents 1. PSQM action plan 2. Principles of teaching science in your school- “We know that good science occurs in our school when…” 3. CV of science coordinator 4. List of CPD activities of science coordinator and other members of staff also 5. School Development Plan: sections that have relevance to science 6. Sample portfolio of annotated medium and short term planning including children’s work Bronze Award- from science subject leader’s class Silver Award- from 3 classes taken from across the school Gold Award – from 5 classes taken from across school 7. Calendar of science events in school (assemblies, outings, science days and weeks, visits, visiting speakers, activity days) 8. Record of events that reach outside the school – Compulsory in Gold only 9. ASE membership
Key points to consider when submitting further evidence • Chose one succinct example that shows evidence of impact for each section. Often this will be part of one of the compulsory documents. • Annotate and describe the processes you have gone through to achieve this evidence of impact- what, when, where, who, why and how. • Exemplification is given in relation to some aspects of this evidence. These are not intended to be prescriptive, creativity is encouraged.
The PSQM web site www.psqm.org.uk