WOW! We have been awarded the Primary Science GILT Award by the Primary Science Quality Mark team.
A huge congratulations to Mr Morrow, who has taken the lead on this application as STEM leader at Archibald, and to the whole staff and pupil team. We must also say a huge thank you, and congratulations, to our wider community including parents and carers who have supported the school with our STEM activities.
In September Primary Science Quality Marks have been awarded to 230 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 3000 schools across the UK have achieved the award.
The Primary School Quality Mark scheme 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.
The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning 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.”
Feedback from the Primary Science team read:
‘This is a very strong submission. Congratulations on such a successful PSQM year that has clearly benefited the pupils, the staff and also the whole school community. It is obvious that a great deal of hard work and thought has gone into making sure that science is, and will continue to be, a high profile subject at AFS, and that science activities will enhance the teaching and learning of science at the school. It is great to see effective use of local strengths alongside established national initiatives, as well as those that have been devised by the pupils, staff and families at AFS. Very well done on such an excellent year, the benefits of which I’m sure will continue long into the future.’