Castleton Primary School awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

Date published: 07 October 2021

Castleton Primary School has been awarded a highly-regarded accolade for the quality of its science teaching.

The school has been awarded a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark with specific praise for their hard work during the pandemic.

Brent Taylor, Science Co-ordinator at Castleton Primary School, said of the award: “This is a prestigious award which requires a challenging criterion in order to achieve and recognises the quality of the teaching and learning of science in all schools, especially during such a challenging period.”

The Primary School Quality Mark programme (PSQM) 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.

The scheme 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.”

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