Downsend School Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

Downsend School Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

The PSQM, from the University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with the Primary Science Trust, celebrates commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.

“Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science leadership, teaching and learning. The Primary School Quality Mark 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. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning.”

Downsend was commended on the quality of its portfolio from Little Downsend up to the Senior School with evidence of successes such as featuring in the Milner Centre for Evolution Virtual Display, achievement of the Eco-Schools Bronze Award, a online visit from a NASA astronaut and collaboration with Pfizer through the Science in a Box programme.

The Science Teaching Team were recognised as passionate, inspiring, and committed to the teaching of science, to fostering scientific knowledge and broadening cross-curricular links.

The Primary School Quality Mark 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. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science leadership, teaching and learning.

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.”

Headteacher at Downsend School, Mr Ian Thorpe, said “Downsend has been committed innovation and the fostering of future skills in our young people for a number of years, so we are very proud to have been recognised by the PSQM for the excellent work that is delivered across the school.”

 

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