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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.
The Primary Science Quality Mark has the following aims:
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.
Schools achieve a Primary Science Quality Mark award through a process of initial audit , followed by action and reflection.
Supported by compulsory training and mentoring they:
complete an initial audit against Primary Science Quality Mark criteria
decide which award to aim for
design an action plan which they put into place over a period of 2-3 terms
submit reflections and key pieces of evidence (core documents) to support their submission for the selected award and to illustrate the impact that their actions have had whilst working towards the achievement of the PSQ award criteria.