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Reminder: Round 7
Submission date - Monday 30th June, 2014
Ofsted praise PSQM in latest report into science education - "The process of gaining the award brings benefits beyond the certificate"
School leaders who recognised the likelihood of a declining profile for science were able to mitigate the risk by, for example, seeking accreditation through the primary science quality mark (PSQM)
The process of gaining the award brings benefits beyond the certificate because it requires school leaders to evaluate their provision and justify their science curriculum as being fit for promoting good learning.
It also connects school science leaders to other primary school leaders who have successfully raised the subject’s profile in their schools.
ROUND 9 REGISTRATION OF INTEREST FOR AUTUMN 2014 IS NOW OPEN.
Please register your interest to take part in the PSQM programme via this web site and we will contact you. The cost of taking part in PSQM, including all training and support, is £650.
The Association for Science Education (ASE) and PSQM have worked together to make on-line primary school membership of the ASE available to all Round 8 participants at a hugely discounted rate. Click here for information on how to apply.
NEW PRIMARY SCIENCE WEBSITE LAUNCHED, SHOWCASING EXAMPLES OF GOOD PRACTICE FROM PSQM SUBMISSIONS.
Generously funded by the Primary Science Teaching trust, this website is intended to be a bank of materials for everyone interested in the provision of science in the primary sector.
Twelve categories have been identified because of their influence on the teaching and learning of Science at primary level, and examples are edited to illustrate the rationale, process and impact of developing each one.
ITCH: THE BIG SCIENCE READ COMPETITION - entry for this event is now full
The Big Science Read is a competition for PSQM schools only to produce a short, lively radio news and feature programme linked to the story of Itch- the fantastic children's novel by BBC broadcaster Simon Mayo.
Simon Mayo will visit the school that produces the winning radio programme (location permitting) and give them 50 copies of Itch and Itch Rocks.
For lots more information about other events in National Science and Engineering Week go the British Science Association website: click here
Primary Science News
Final version of new National Curriculum now published. Download the POS for Science here
LEARNING FROM PSQM
The Wellcome Trust has published a research report on their education pages which summarises the good practice, issues and challenges reported by a sample of PSQM award winners.
Read the Wellcome Trust Education blog to learn more
Please click here to access the report.