We have many proud moments at Bourne Elsea Park, but we were so thrilled with our latest accolade which highlights the spirit to fly high in Science! Indeed, we are truly delighted to report that the school has been awarded the Silver Standard Primary Science Quality Mark. Our talented young scientists have not only enjoyed an amazing range of extra-curricular science activities, but they have received the very best in primary science teaching. As ever we remain deeply grateful for the support of children, parents and governors as well as all of our teaching staff in helping us achieve this prestigious award. Our Science team have summarised below what the Quality Mark means for the school and how Bourne Elsea Park achieved the Silver Standard:-
Primary Science Quality Awards have been awarded to many infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 4000 schools across the UK have achieved a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark.
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.
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.”