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Westmorland celebrates national science award

01 October 2021

Pupils and staff from Westmorland School are celebrating after being reaccredited for the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) and achieved the GILT status.

The national award develops and celebrates the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools. The school achieved a PSQM award through a year-long process of initial audit, followed by action and reflection. The award is like no other quality mark and focuses on developing effective, confident science leadership for whole school impact on science teaching and learning.

The PSQM scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. The scheme encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in the science subject leadership, teaching and learning.

Led by Teacher and Science Lead, Ruth Elliott with the support of Teacher Dave Lewis-Guinness, it was noted as a real team effort with staff demonstrating good practice and attending CPD sessions while continuing to deliver exciting lessons to pupils. 

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

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."

Well done everyone! 

Ruth and Dave with aspiring scientists

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