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PSQM GILT award for Science

Children and staff are celebrating today after being awarded a highly-regarded award for the quality of our science teaching and learning.

Seaburn Dene Primary School has been handed the Primary Science Quality Mark Gilt Award - the highest level available - with specific praise for their hard work during the pandemic to build the "science capital" of children and families.

The Primary School Quality Mark (PSQM) programme ensures effective leadership of science, enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts.

Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science leadership, teaching and learning.

Headteacher John Howe said: "Our science lead at school, Deborah Wilson, had to ensure that the provision for science in the school met all of the criteria and were particularly praised for achieving the quality mark during the pandemic/lockdown period and to maintain the high quality of science in the school during this challenging time."

The PSQM scheme is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.

The PSQM feedback highlighted:
* Science teaching strategies and their impact on children.
*Our vision and principles for teaching science.
*The leadership of science and staff training.
*The whole-school community approach to science.

Associate Professor Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “There was never a more important time for primary children to have a high-quality science education. The coronavirus pandemic has made everyone aware of the impact of science on our daily lives. Primary schools have an important role to ensure that children understand how science works and keeps us healthy and safe.

"Schools that have achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark have demonstrated a significant commitment to science teaching and learning, even at this challenging time for schools. The profile and quality of science 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 scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”