June 15, 2021
News, events and information from The Northern Education Trust
Since its launch in 2010, over 4,000 schools across the UK have achieved the prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark (PQSM), which is awarded to celebrate the school’s commitment to excellence in primary science teaching and learning. Northern Education Trust The Ferns Primary Academy is delighted to announce that its science teaching has been recognised as worthy of the PQSM, which it was awarded in April this year.
The 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. 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.
During the assessment for the award at The Ferns Primary Academy the reviewer commended the academy for its maintenance of the profile of science both within the school and at home during lockdown. The reviewer commented: “It is great to see a proactive approach to continuing professional development (CPD) and that there is clear evidence of the impact of the CPD that the science leads attended this year, on the practice across the school. The academy has achieved so much over this year – it is a credit to everyone that so much has been achieved across this very difficult time. Congratulations to staff and pupils – what an exciting future for you all.”
Science leaders for The Ferns Primary Academy, Helen Davies and Farhana Patel, were particularly recognised for having supported staff and children to provide an exciting practice of science within the academy.
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.”