What is PSQM?

Primary Science Quality Mark is not like other quality marks, instead it is a CPD programme that helps schools to achieve a quality mark, whether science within the school has been a low profile for a while or your school want to improve the provision further. The programme provides a framework that enables science subject leaders to develop and strengthen their leadership practice, whilst increasing the profile and quality of science within their school. The process supports subject leaders to plan for improvement in science teaching and learning across the school and evaluate the impact of action taken.

What are the Quality Marks?

There are three different Primary Science Quality Marks to ensure that all schools can achieve the accreditation. Primary Science Quality Marks are intended to be school appropriate, and provide a framework for improvement and development in leadership and provision, whatever the starting point.

PSQM criteria meet the descriptors. Download the criteria here for the three different quality marks here. Please be aware that you have to meet the criteria during the PSQM year and not beforehand.

For schools which demonstrate how effective science leadership is beginning to have an impact on science teaching and learning across the school.

For schools which demonstrate how established science leadership is having a sustained impact on science teaching and learning across the school.

For schools which meet the PSQM Gilt criteria and also demonstrate impact of science leadership, teaching and learning on other schools.

This PSQM special edition of the ASE Primary Science magazine is packed with subject leaders' stories about their PSQM experiences. Read it here to find out what happened in their schools.


"PSQM is the reason so many of us learnt how to be a science leader and PSQM signposted us to the  amazing community of support that exists in primary science... Best CPD I ever did... I have alot to say thank you for. X"
Claire Seeley (@seeley_claire) January 6, 2018


"PSQM is an effective support tool for developing science in any school. Its framework ensures realistic self-evaluation and measured progress towards achievable targets. It necessitates whole school impact so development and success cannot remain with the Subject Leader and as such improves scientific experiences and out-comes for all children - and teachers. Due to it having a significant monetary and time investment and a nationally respected accreditation at the end, value is placed on it within the school agenda so the Subject Leader should be able to prioritise activities against other demands. Whilst the model requires that basic systems and processes are in place to ensure credibility and parity with others, it facilitates individual need and aspirations. As such, it is always going to be relevant to any school who wants to work hard to improve their science provision - but in a way that is meaningful for its unique situation. "
Science subject leader Round 8

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