Re- accreditation of a PSQM award
PSQM awards are valid for three years. At the end of three years schools need to renew. PSQM HQ contacts schools before the end of the third year to let the head teacher know that the award will shortly expire so that plans can be made to join the PSQM programme the following year.
There are two possible models of professional support for renewal.
- Subject leaders join a hub and take part in the full PSQM CPD programme;
- Subject leaders take part in on-line PSQM programme for a reduced fee.
The on-line only model is suitable if the subject leader is the same person who led the original submission. A new subject leader should engage with the full PSQM support package and attend face to face sessions in the same way as a first time school.
Access to previous submission
Subject leaders will be given access to their school’s original submission via a separate log in, which they should request from PSQM HQ.
Renewing schools follow the same process of self-assessment, action planning and implementation, evidenced based reflection, submission; but of course have the original submission and review to build on. Ideally logs will have been kept up, and the process of evidenced evaluation continued. The hub leader will advise on how to build on and use interim evidence.
- Schools may renew for the same or a different Primary Science Quality Mark as appropriate.
- There is no need to wait three years. If appropriate, a school can take part in the PSQM programme again in the first three years following the first award to achieve a different Primary Science Quality Mark e.g. PSQM award and then PSQM GILT, or GILT and then OUTREACH.