Rationale for PSQM
- To raise the profile of science in primary schools;
- To provide schools with a framework and professional support for developing science leadership, teaching and learning;
- To celebrate excellence in primary science;
- To work with existing and facilitate new networks across the UK and wider to provide local support for primary science;
- To assemble and make accessible to the wider science education community a rich data base of current practice in primary science.
Development of the PSQM programme
- 2008 Science Learning Centre East of England and Barnet LA develop PSQM framework and resources
- 2008 and 2009 SLC EE awarded Wellcome Trust People awards to support successful pilot led by SLC EE and Barnet LA with admin support from Association of Science Education
- 2010 SLC EE awarded Wellcome Trust Society Award to support national rollout of PSQM using existing and building new networks across UK
- 2013 partnership formed between the Primary Science Teaching Trust and University of Hertfordshire School of Education to enable continued growth of PSQM and increased research output supported by UH infrastructure and grant from Primary Science Teaching Trust.
- 2014: One thousandth PSQM award made.
- 2016: PSQM Senior regional hub leader team established.
- 2017: Three new Primary Science Quality Marks launched - PSQM, PSQM Gilt and PSQM Outreach. PSQM Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were withdrawn.
- 2017: There are over 80 active PSQM hubs, each one supported by a trained PSQM hub leader. The geographical spread is wide, with school in all parts of the UK taking part, plus British Forces schools in Cyprus and Germany and British Schools in Dubai, the Netherlands, the USA, Singapore and Indonesia, as well as bilingual schools in Spain.
- 2017: 11% of English schools have a PSQM award
- 2018: The University of Hertfordshire and the Primary Science Teaching Trust agree to extend collaboration to support PSQM 2018-2023.
Download the PSQM leaflet here.