Why Take Part in PSQM?
- Because it will raise the profile of science in your school.
- Because it will systematically evaluate and develop all aspects of science teaching and learning in your school
- Because up to two members of staff will take part in a year-long CPD programme that will develop leadership skills
- Because you will join a local hub of science subject leaders working for a PSQM award
- Because it publicly celebrate your school's commitment to excellent primary science
The PSQM programme is recommended by subject leaders, head teachers, Ofsted, the Royal Society, the CBI and other member of the primary science community.
'PSQM is an effective support tool for developing science in any school. It's 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 it's unique situation.'
Science subject leader Round 8
Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, commented on the study of science and foreign languages in primary schools. May 16
He believes that compulsory subjects like science and modern languages have become the ‘poor relations’ of the primary school curriculum. However, these subjects, when taught well, can boost literacy and numeracy skills and raise standards in English and mathematics. Evidence from recent Ofsted inspections and feedback from teachers, parents and pupils have highlighted a number of common concerns surrounding the provision of both science and foreign languages at key stage 2. Sir Michael says that a sharper focus needs to be placed on these subjects to make sure that children leaving primary school are better prepared to meet the more rigorous academic challenges they will face at secondary school. Read more here.