What is PSQM?

Girl with flowers The Primary Science Quality Mark is an award scheme to enable primary schools across the UK to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their science provision. Schools can achieve bronze, silver and gold awards.

Special schools can also take part in the PSQM Award.

Read about the rationale and development of PSQM.

Why take part in PSQM?

  • Because it will raise the profile of science in your school.
  • Because  it will  systematically evaluate and develop all aspects of science teaching and learning in your school
  • Because up to two members of staff  will take part in a year-long CPD programme that will develop leadership skills
  • Because  you will  join a local hub of science subject leaders working for a PSQM award
  • Because it publicly celebrate your school's commitment to excellent primary science

The PSQM programme is recommended by subject leaders, head teachers, Ofsted, the Royal Society, the CBI and other member of the primary science community.

Find out why you should take part in PSQM.

What is the PSQM Process?

Schools achieve a Primary Science Quality Mark award following a rigorous process of self –evaluation. Supported by compulsory CPD and expert mentoring the subject leader works with colleagues across the school to:

  • audit existing provision in science
  • create and implement an action plan to develop all aspects of science teaching and learning
  • complete a reflective submission with key pieces of evidence to demonstrate the impact of their leadership.

The process for special schools is the same as for mainstream schools.  Special schools leaders can interpret the PSQM criteria to reflect the science work that goes on within their school to meet the needs of their students. Read more about PSQM and special schools.


Read the PSQM criteria for bronze, silver and gold levels.


Download information about the evidence required to support a submission for a PSQM.

Download further information and guidance about the PSQM process to share with SLT colleagues.

What does PSQM cost?

  • It costs £750 for a school to take part in PSQM.
  • It costs £450 for schools with fewer than 100 pupils to take part in PSQM.
  • Schools outside the UK can take part. Please email PSQM for more information

What do PSQM member schools get?

  • Equivalent 2 days CPD
  • A year of mentoring to support self-evaluation process
  • Access to member  support resources on PSQM website
  • Discounted membership of the Association for Science Education
  • Two tickets to PSQM presentation events held at prestigious science venues
  • A framed PSQM certificate to display and logo to add to school documentation
  • An incentive to encourage colleagues to reflect on and improve science teaching and learning

How long does a PSQM award last?

PSQM awards are valid for 3 years. At the end of this time the award must be renewed. There are two options for re- accreditation:  face to face support (for new subject leaders) or on-line mentoring (only for schools where the same subject leader is in post). To read more about renewing a PSQM award go to the re-accreditation page.

How does PSQM share its understanding about primary science and teacher development?

PSQM is a research active organisation. Access research reports published by and with PSQM.